News ID: 213866
Published: 0116 GMT April 24, 2018

City council member: Discovered mummy may be that of Reza Shah

City council member: Discovered mummy may be that of Reza Shah

Head of the Committee of Cultural Heritage and Tourism of Tehran City Council Hassan Khalilabadi said on Monday that a mummified body has been discovered south of Tehran, adding that it may be the remains of Reza Shah.

He said on Monday that the mummy was found during construction work at the western yard of Shah Abdulazim Shrine in southern Tehran, IRNA reported.

The mummified body has been found near the site of the former royal mausoleum. It has raised speculation it could be the remains of the late Reza Shah Pahlavi, founder of the Pahlavi dynasty.

Khalilabadi said it is “possible” the mummy is that of Reza Shah.

Reza Shah was a military officer who overthrew the ruling Persian dynasty in 1921 and seized power, first becoming the country’s prime minister and then its monarch.

He was forced from power in 1941 by British and Russian troops and abdicated in favor of his son.

Pahlavi was forced into exile and died in South Africa in 1944. His son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, was overthrown during the Iranian revolution in 1979.




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