19 Feb-14 June 2009. This exhibition traces the history of 16th century Iran under Shah Abbas I, who ruled from 1587-1629. He was a key figure in the making of modern Iran, coming to power after a period of civil war and foreign invasion. He opened up diplomatic relations and trade between the west and east and developed important links with many European courts. It was Abbas who established Isfahan as the new capital in 1598 and set in motion an extensive building programme, which brought together architectural styles from all over the world.
Many of the objects are on display for the first time outside Iran. They include Qu