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Historical globes bearing name of Persian Gulf on display at Milad Tower
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A globe of the historical collection is on display at Tehran’s Milad Tower.
A globe of the historical collection is on display at Tehran’s Milad Tower.
TEHRAN -- A collection of historical globes bearing the name of Persian Gulf has been put on display in an exhibition at Tehran’s Milad Tower.

“This exhibition is a special event, because it features documents that confirm the authenticity of the name of the Persian Gulf,” Tehran mayoral advisor Mohammad-Hadi Ayazi said during the closing ceremony of the exhibit on Monday evening.

The collection comprises over ten globes, which were in a personal collection belonging to former French Prime Minister Georges Pompidou (1911–1974). Iran previously acquired the collection.

“Sadeq Kharrazi (former Iranian foreign minister) had an active role in bringing these globes to Iran,” Ayazi stated.

“He received the globes from Georges Pompidou’s personal collection and after some negotiations, gave them to Milad Tower for the show” he added.

“These artifacts could be sold at international auctions at high prices, but we have the collection here and are proud of it,” he stated.

The oldest globe of the collection was made during the 17th century.

Pompidou was interested in history and art. This can be seen by the establishment of the Centre Beaubourg, which was renamed Centre Pompidou after his death. Located in Paris, the center houses a vast public library, the National Museum of Modern Art, which is the largest museum for modern art in Europe, and a center for music and acoustic research. 

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