NATIONAL MUSEUM OF IRAN


The modest National Museum of Iran  is no Louvre, but it is chock-full of Iran’s rich history and should be on every visitor’s list of things to see in Tehran. Designed by French architect André Godard, it’s one of the more attractive modern buildings in Tehran, blending Sassanian principles such as the grand iwan-style entrance, with Deco-style brickwork. Inside you’ll find a marvellous collection, including ceramics, pottery, stone figures and carvings, mostly taken from excavations at Persepolis, Ismail Abad (near Qazvin), Shush, Rey and Turang Tappeh. Among the finds from Shush, there’s a stone capital of a winged lion, some delightful pitchers and vessels in animal shapes, and colourful glazed bricks decorated with double-winged mythical creatures.