Do not for any reason miss the National Museum (also known as the Archaeological Museum), opened in 1937 and home to wonders from ancient Persia to the Sassanid dynasty. André Godard, a French architect in charge of the archaeological services of Iran until 1960 and someone who left a strong mark in the country, designed the oldest building. Here, treasures dating back to the 4th and 5th centuries BC, unearthed in, among other places, Susa and Persepolis, are on display.
You can admire the bronze animals from Lorestan, dating from the 8th century BC, and magnificent Neolithic vases from excavations in ancient cities. Among the finest pieces are the stone capital shaped as a winged lion, one representing a human head, a copy of the Code of Hammurabi (the original being in the Louvre), and a frieze of glazed tiles of the Apadana, from Persepolis. To help you understand the origins of the exhibits, you will find some explanatory panels in English.
National Museum of Iran
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