Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visiting the Cyrus Cylinder in Tehran on Sunday. Cyrus the Great created the Cylinder after the Persian conquest of Babylon in 539 BC. The Cylinder depicts Cyrus’s efforts to improve the lives of the citizens of Babylonia; repatriate displaced peoples and restore temples across Mesopotamia. It has become a historic charter on human rights and freedom of thoughts and religion.
The Cylinder was discovered in the ruins of Babylon in 1879 and is kept in the British Museum. It is on loan to Iran’s National Museum in Tehran and will be on display for the next four months.Photo: Press TV