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Majlis Museum to be Launched in Tehran

By Soudabeh Sadigh

Half part of the Constitutional Building will be turned into Majlis Museum after the interior design of the building has been completed.

The building of Islamic Consultative Assembly

Tehran, 11 April 2007 (CHN) -- At last after three years negotiations about launching Majlis Museum, the project has come into force in a section of old Majlis building which is also known as Constitutional Building in Baharestan Square in Tehran.

Announcing the news of starting the project for establishing the Majlis Museum in Constitutional Building, S. Mohammad Ali Ahmadi Abhari, director of Parliamentary Library of Islamic Republic of Iran, told CHN: "The initial process for transferring the objects to the Constitutional Building for launching the Majlis Museum has been started following the approval of the spokesman of Iran's seventh Parliament and the presiding board."

Regarding changing the usage of the old building of Majlis into museum, Abhari noted: "Our colleagues in the museum believed that since this building is one of the most ancient places for legislation in Iran, with changing it into a museum a part of our contemporary history will be displayed for public visit. On the other hand the presiding board of Parliament believed that considering the lack of space in current Parliament, the Constitutional building should be considered for some official departments and the museum is better to be established in Malijak Building. However, at last with support of Dr. Hadad Adel, spokesman of Iran's Parliament, the project for launching the museum in the Constitutional Building won the approval of the presiding board."

According to director of Parliamentary Library of Islamic Republic of Iran, concurrent with preparing the building of the museum, the objects which have been kept in the storage for three years, will be restored in Malijak Building for being displayed. Regarding the objects which are going to be displayed in the museum, Abhari explained: "Even if the whole building was allocated to the museum, we did not have enough space for displaying all the objects which are kept in storage. Therefore, we are determined to showcase some of the articles periodically."

The building of Iran's National Consultative Assembly is one of the most ancient monuments in Tehran. The building itself, was originally part of the private quarters of Hossein Khan Sepahsalar's house. After the Iranian Constitutional Revolution in 1906 it was changed into the Nation's House. Until the Islamic Revolution in 1979 it was a place for passing acts, and after the 1979 revolution the Senate was abolished and in 1989 revision of the constitution, the National Consultative Assembly became the Islamic Consultative Assembly.

During its lifetime, Constitutional Building has witnessed some important events in Iran's contemporary history such as setting artillery fire against the Majlis during its first period of its activity by order of Mohammad Ali Shah, Qajar king in opposition against the Constitutionalists.

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