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Persepolis, Iran
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Achaemenid soldiers in Persepolis
Achaemenid soldiers in Persepolis
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Persepolis is an ancient city in Iran that is today recognised as a World Heritage Site. Also known as Takht-e Jamshid in Persian, the city is located in southern Iran. It is 70 km to the northeast of Shiraz.

The city of Persepolis was built by Darius I. The earliest structures there date from 515 BC. The city was known to ancient Persians as Parsa, and in fact Persepolis is the Greek translation to mean Persian City.

The ruins of Persepolis today includes The Gate of All Nations, Apadana Palace, the Throne Hall, Tombs of King of Kings, and other structures, which were modelled after earlier Mesopotamian structures.

The site of Persepolis is said to have been chosen by Cyrus the Great (ca. 600 BC-530 BC) but most of the structures were built by Darius the Great (550-486 BC). It was Darius who buyilt the Apadana Palace and the Council Hall.


Lion sculpture in Persepolis
Lion sculpture in Persepolis
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Excavation of the Persepolis site was first conducted in the 1930's under the direction of French archaeologist André Godard. The city was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 3rd session of the World Heritage Committee in Luxor, Egypt, 22 - 26 October, 1979

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N29 56 3.984 E52 53 25.008
Inscription Year: 1979
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, III, VI


Gate of All Nations in Persepolis
Gate of All Nations in Persepolis
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