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Takht-e Jamshid (Persepolis) Travel Guide: 54 reviews and 260 photos

Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire (Achaemenid Empire). It is a complex of palaces built on a stone terrace, 14 metres above the surrounding plain. Work with Persepolis begun around 518 BC, when Darius I was king, and it was added to during the next 150 years.
Especially during the New Year celebrations (Noruz) delegates from all over the empire came to Persepolis to pay homage to the kings. As Persepolis was more for ceremonial use the kings did not stay here all year round, but spent much time in their palaces in other cities.
The glory of Persepolis came to an end when it was occupied by Alexander the Great in 330 BC. Alexander plundered the city of all its treasures and he burned it down (it is not known if that was an accident or not).

Persepolis is an Unesco World Heritage Site and it really deserves it. It is one of the best surviving masterpieces of the Ancient Near East. For centuries the city was covered with sand and not until 1930 largely excavated. The quality of the many stone reliefs, almost 2500 years, old are magnificent

  • Last visit to Takht-e Jamshid (Persepolis): Jul 2006
  • Intro Updated Apr 19, 2007
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  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Interesting history woven through your tips here = enjoyed the virtual tour

  • Sambawalk's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2008 at 9:52 AM

    Very good tip for my trip next month. Look forward to it!

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2008 at 8:41 AM

    What an incredible place with palaces and historic ruins of a majestic empire. Thanks for sharing the photos. SL :)

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2007 at 10:49 AM

    Excellent page! I visited Persepolis only in 85 but there was no museum there then or maybe we didn't have enough time.

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Jul 20, 2007 at 5:26 AM

    A very full day for you but worth it. Isn't this place amazing? leyle

  • 850prc's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2007 at 3:11 PM

    I find visits to great sites of antiquity to be awe-inspiring. Your Persepolis page gives me this feeling. Great job on another Iranian VT treasure page.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2007 at 11:34 AM

    What an interesting place having such a great history! I wish I could explore Persepolis though Iran is'nt a popular tourist destination in Russia. Thanks Malena for a virtual travel!

  • iwys's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2007 at 12:39 PM

    Those photos bring back memories. I bet you were hot.

  • kokoryko's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2007 at 1:39 PM

    I arrive in Shiraz tomorrow!

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