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The Remaking of Iran at London's British Museum

The Remaking of Iran at London's British MuseumTravelers in London can now see the much-anticipated exhibition depicting the reign of Shah Abbas in The Remaking of Iran.

Showing at the British Museum from 19th February 2009 until 14th June 2009, the collection of exhibits and artifacts provides an insight into the rule of Iran's most influential king and architect of modern-day Iran.

Born into the Safavid Dynasty in the 16th century, Shah Abbas patronized the arts and encouraged the pursuit of traditional crafts.

The exhibition shows the legacy of his reign displayed through Chinese porcelains, gold-ground carpets, ornate manuscripts, watercolor paintings and beautiful silks.

Sheila Canby, curator of the exhibition, commented: "Shah Abbas was restless, decisive, ruthless and intelligent. This exhibition will provide a rare opportunity to learn about this important ruler … a critical figure in the development of Iran."

Also showing at the British Museum, which is located close to many London hostels, is Babylon, Myth and Reality, exploring the truth behind the stories of the Tower of Babel and Hanging Gardens that has inspired writers and artists through the ages.

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