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Pages from one of the oldest copies of Holy Quran on display in Paris

Archaeologist Rocco Rante, who has been working and excavating in Uzbekistan’s Bukhara Oasis since 2009 is the co-curator of the exhibition. Uzbekistan was a primary destination in the Silk Road trade route linking the Mediterranean to the Far East.

Pages from one of the oldest copies of the Holy Quran went on to display in an exhibition in Paris. The old pages were put on display at the Louvre Museum of Paris in a new exhibition.

The exhibition titled ‘The Splendours of Uzbekistan’s Oases’ includes over 170 works from the country’s history including acclaimed wall art, Buddhist sculptures, and items of daily use in ancient civilization.

Archaeologist Rocco Rante, who has been working and excavating in Uzbekistan’s Bukhara Oasis since 2009 is the co-curator of the exhibition. Uzbekistan was a primary destination in the Silk Road trade route linking the Mediterranean to the Far East.

Two pages from Kattalangar Holy Quran one of the world’s earliest surviving Quran manuscripts going back to the early days of Islam are the main attractions. For centuries it was kept safe in the sentiment on the mountaintop. The manuscript has been written on parchment in one of the oldest forms of Arabic script-Kufi and Hijazi on an average page size of 21 by 14 inches). For a long time, the Quran was kept in Uzbekistan’s Langar Ota mosque in the Qamashi district of the Kashkadarya region.

The exhibition has been organized in collaboration with Louvre Museum and Uzbekistan’s Art and Culture Development Foundation. The exhibition welcomes visitors on a 1600-year-old political and historical journey through Uzbek civilization, beginning in the first century BC.

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The exhibits will be on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris until 6 March 2023. Another exhibition titled, The Road to Samarkand: Miracles of Silk and Gold,” also depicts Uzbekistan’s rich cultural heritage taking place at the same time.

The exhibition in Louvre Museum is covering Uzbekistan’s history from the fifth-sixth centuries B.C. to the reign of the Timurids, and the Arab World Institute presents exhibits from the 19th to mid-20th centuries, as well as paintings of the Turkestan the Avant-Garde from the collection of Uzbekistan state museums.