The first treasury of Glorious Qur’an and Exquisites was constructed by Astan Quds Razavi in Bahman 1364/1985 in an area of 800sq.m. The most singular exquisite manuscripts of this museum are precious manuscripts of the Glorious Qur'an ascribed to the handwritings of the Infallible Imams (A.S.) including Imam Ali (A.S.), Imam Hassan (A.S.), Imam Hussein (A.S.), Imam Sajjad (A.S.) and Imam Reza (A.S.) that have been inscribed in “Kufi” script on the (deer) skin; most of them are dedicated to Astan Quds Razavi by Shah Abbas Safavi and their endowment letters have been endorsed by Sheikh Bahaei.
The oldest manuscript of the Glorious Qur’an dates back to 393 A.H/1002, dedicated to the Holy Shrine by Abu-al- Qasim Mansur ibn-i-Muhammad ibn-i- Kathir, the minister and secretary of Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi.
Qur’anic manuscripts in this collection have been arranged chronologically hence indicating well the developmental trend of the "Kufi" script in the Islamic history. With prevalence of "Naskh" script in the seventh century of Hijrah, precious copies of the Glorious Qur'an including those written by "Yaqut-i-Musta’simi", the distinguished calligrapher of Mu’tasim Bellah, were mainly inscribed in this script. At present, a collection of two copies of the Glorious Qur’an inscribed by "Yaqut-i-Mustasimi" are preserved in this museum.
One copy of the Baberi's Glorious Qur'an, and eight pages of the Glorious Qur'an ascribed to the handwriting of Baysunqur Mirza, son of Lady Gowharshad are also among the precious works of this museum.
A collection of the manuscripts of the Glorious Qur'an ascribed to the handwriting of Othman ibn-i- Hussein Warraq is also among the priceless works of this treasury. This historical collection, inscribed in "Kufic" script, dates back to the fifth century of Hijrah, and is considered as one of the most significant masterpieces of the Islamic art. All medallions, the beginnings of the holy chapters, and the spaces between the holy verses have been embellished with pure gold.
The building of the Treasury of the Glorious Qur'an and Exquisites is located at the southeastern side of the holy shrine in an area of 1687sq.m. and a build-up area of 4,507sq.m. It consists of two stories, each containing 800sq.m. exhibition space.
Qur'an Manuscript Ascribed to the Handwriting of Imam Ali (A.S.)
Kind of Sheets: Deerskin
Endower: Shah Abbas Safavi
Date of Endowment: 1008 A.H./979 H.Sh./1599
Explanation: The endowment letter is scribed and signed by Sheikh Bahaei
Qur'an Manuscript Ascribed to the Handwriting of Imam Reza (A.S.)
Kind of Sheets: Deerskin
Date of Endowment: 1379A.H./1959
The Complete Qur’an by Mir Abd al-Qader Husseini’s Handwriting
Date of Inscription: 10th century of Hijrah
Kind of Sheets: Khanbaligh Paper
Endower: Sultan Ibrahim Qutb Shah
Date of Endowment: 970 A.H./1562
A Qur’an Page Inscribed by Baysunqur Mirza
Scriber: Baysunqur Mirza, Shahrukh Teimuri’s son (802-837 A.H./1399-1433)
Calligraphy: Bold Muhaqqeq
Kind of Sheets: Iranian Khanbaligh
Explanation: Eight sheets are on display