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Persepolis was founded by Darius the Great in 518 BC and it was the capital of an ancient Persian empire, which extended all the way across the Middle East, from Pakistan to Egypt.

It remained one of the greatest cities in the world until it was looted and destroyed by Alexander the Great in 331 BC. According to Plutarch, Alexander needed 5,000 camels and 20,000 mules to carry away its treasures.

The ruins of the ancient city remained buried and lost in the mists of time until they were rediscovered in 1620. Even after that, the site was rarely visited.

Professor Ernst Herzfeld's archaeological expedition to the site of the ancient city in 1931 captured the public's imagination, and now Persepolis has become a must-see destination for all travellers going to Iran. It is still a magnificent archaeological site, which more than lived up to my expectations.

Takht-e Jamshid

Takht-e Jamshid is the Persian name for Persepolis. It is 800km south of Tehran, but only 57km north-east of Shiraz, just off the main road to Isfahan.

  • Last visit to Takht-e Jamshid (Persepolis): Mar 2001
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • magor65's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    The more I read about Persepolis the more fascinated I get. I'm planning to visit it next month. Thanks for grear tips.

  • fabrice's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2010 at 11:22 PM

    incredible place

  • ChristinaNest's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2006 at 10:15 AM

    Great page and beautiful photos! Happy birthday! best wishes from Sofia, Bulgaria

  • triplehelix's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2006 at 7:13 PM

    some day i'll visit here. hopefully soon before we aren't allowed there anymore :/

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2006 at 11:31 PM

    I'm really looking forward to go here. It looks like a very impressive place!

  • coceng's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2005 at 8:43 AM

    WOW !!! A dream place for me to see with my own eyes ! :) Regards.

  • aadil's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2005 at 3:11 AM

    Lovely pictures and detailed information too!!! I just loved revisiting this wonderful place on your pages here!!!

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2004 at 9:15 AM

    Fascinating place, Ian. The tombs at Naghsh-e Rostam reminded me of Petra a little. How wonderful to have visited here, great page (~_~)

  • picous's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2004 at 1:15 PM

    nice flash back u seem to travel a lot

  • wandering_wing's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2004 at 9:13 AM

    Walk with the Egyptians......

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