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Iran National Museum to Hold Exhibition of Antiques Returned From Italy

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Iran will hold an exhibition of the artifacts that were recently returned to the country after being smuggled from it almost ten years ago, the director of the National Museum of Iran, Jebrael Nokandeh told Sputnik.

Tourists visit the tomb of Achaemenid empeor, Darius I the Great at Naqsh-e Rostam necropolis, located about 12 km northwest of Persepolis, near Shiraz in southern Iran on September 26, 2014 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The historical artifacts were delivered to the National Museum of Iran by Italy's authorities in the beginning of November.

"We plan to transfer next week these 30 artifacts to the Iranian museum of antiques, which will host an exhibition, the visitors will be able to see the whole collection," Nokandeh said.

In 2008, Italy's national police seized the looted relics. Experts of the Iran's Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization have confirmed the antiques’ Persian origin.

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