Persepolis of Shiraz
? 3 minute read There is no doubt that one of the most impressive highlights of trip to Iran is visiting Persepolis for everyone that is contains several extraordinary decorations and reliefs. It has been built by Darius I and Cambyses II who was the son of Cyrus the great. The history this massive structure refers to 524 BC when Darius I and Combisys decided to shut down Pasargadae in order to pay respect to Cyrus the great who was murdered in a battle against invaders of northwest Persia. They were looking for a proper spot to set their capital and finally they ended up their project by choosing current location at the foot of Mehr mountain which represents peaceful. Persepolis is a Greek name but according to inscriptions of complex, the original name of this spot and city was Parse. Darius and Cambyses started building their own palaces at this location as a seat of government as well as ceremonial capital. They also brought people from other cities. After a short period it had become the largest city under the sun. What make the Persepolis very exceptional is being exposed to different architectures from all over the ancient Persia including Babylon, Egypt, Greece and all locals by going through the ruins of palaces. It is quite interesting to see how the elements of architectures have been changed to stylize them all as Persians. It is really worth to visit this place in the morning and randomly walking around, would take a while to enjoy visiting such a enormous site. It has been forgotten by local for centuries till 95 years ago that several archaeologists from all over the world came to Iran in order to discover such a ancient city and took them about 15 years to study as well as 30 years to excavate. It is well noted that archaeologists changed the name of place back to Parse as soon as they encoded all inscriptions. It has been registered as a world heritage in early 1979 and it’s one of the most beautiful sites of Iran for travelers. As a traveler consultant we would highly recommend to take a guided tour of this location in either day trip or short tours to get acquainted with ancient history of Persia as well as other historical sites.

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