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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 Apr 17, 2007
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