Saturday, September 11, 2004

Iranian Presidential Museum Reopens in Late September

Iranian Presidential Museum Reopens in Late September: "Iranian Presidential Museum Reopens in Late September
Housing a vast and priceless collection of state gifts, Iranian presidential museum is slated to be opened in late September after 3 years of renovation works, Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency reported.

The museum is a member of a family of museums in the Sa’dabad Palace Complex, north of Tehran, and was due to reopen in early Sep. to mark the Government Week, locally commemorated to praise state efforts in political, economical and social fields.

“Despite our round-the-clock efforts, the museum was not ready to mark the occasion, but now it is certain it will be open to the public by late Sep.,” said Majid Soltan Mohammadi, head of presidential projects.

Iranian presidential museum, formerly known as the Palace of Shahnaz, was built 67 years ago to accommodate Iran’s former shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and his first wife Fuzieh. They both lived there till he married his second wife, Sorraya, when Fuzieh and her daughter Shahnaz stayed there.

After the Islamic Revolution in 1979, the palace was turned into a museum to house gifts and awards given to Iranian presidents by domestic and foreign officials. Prior to the revolution, Iran just had a king and a prime minister."

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