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Archbishop Gobel donates rare collection to Mashhad museum

TEHRAN, Dec. 15 (Mehr News Agency) -- Archbishop Jean-Paul Aimé Gobel donated a rare collection of stamps, postcards, surcharges, and coins to the Astan-e Qods Razavi Museum's Stamp and Banknote Section in the holy city of Mashhad.



Archbishop Gobel was appointed the Apostolic Nuncio to Iran in 2007.

The collection contains stamps bearing the images of important art and cultural figures, historical monuments, as well as organizations and cultural centers, director of the Stamps and Banknotes Section of the museum Mohammad-Hossein Yazdinejad said on Monday. 

"Some of the stamps bear images of famous paintings such as the Last Supper, the birth of Jesus Christ, or the Eiffel Tower, and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Vatican Museums," he added.


A collection of newly minted coins bearing the image of Pope Benedict XVI is also among the donated items, Yazdinejad highlighted.


The Vatican City is a city-state that came into existence in 1929 and is clearly distinct from the central authority of the Roman Catholic Church, known as the Holy See.


The Stamp and Banknote Section of the Astan-e Qods Razavi Museum houses a rich collection of rare stamps from about 180 countries and is visited by many Iranian and foreign pilgrims, tourists and philatelists.

About the Museum: This museum was inaugurated in the year 1945. The collection of this mausoleum is relative to the Islamic period. The museum of Astan-e-Qods Razavi comprises of three museums that are Markazi, Malek Abad and Ganjineh-ye-Qoran Museums. In this museum an array of valuable and ancient Qoran, ancient books, and archaic samples from the pages of Qorans relative to the early period of Islam are on display. These are mostly in the Kufi script and are written on parchments of deer. Inscriptions in gold which are on display in this museum are in the 'Thulth' and 'Nasta'liq' scripts written by Ali Reza Abassi in Safavid era.

Other calligraphy materials by calligraphers such as Ostad Mir Emad, Ostad Ahmad Neyrizi and Ostad Kalhor, are present in the museum. Other Materials of interest in this museum are woven textiles which are of great value dating back to the 11-13th centuries AH. and carpets and rugs which belong to the Safavid era.  (source: ITTO)

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