Persepolis

The Persepolis is a major Shiraz Tourist attraction which represents the grandeur of the Persian Empire.  The exact location of the Persepolis in Shiraz is in Fars province which lies at a distance of 60 kilometers from Shiraz, near Marvdasht city.

persepolis,  is literally in Greek known as Capital of Persia in Greek or Takht-e Jamshid or Throne of Jamshid. The place was the chosen summer capital of Achaemenian’s after Pasargadae. The construction of the imposing palace was started by Darius I who was the successor of Cyrus during 518 BC. The construction was completed by Xerxes I and Artaxerxes I over a long period of 150 years. During 331 BC the palace was burnt down by the occupation of Alexander. It is very massive and huge construction which makes you surprised that how it is made during those old times.

The beauty of the entire structure is accentuated by its placement atop the lofty terrace which is accessed by a double staircase which leads to the monumental gateway of Gate of Xerxes. The usual height of the terrace is around 1,475 ft. with a width of 985 ft. the visitors can explore the intricacies of the palace by visiting the vast open space called the huge Apadana or the Audience Hall of Darius. This hall lies in the southern side of the palace.

The eastern side boasts of the massive Audience Hall which is the massive Throne Hall. The hall was called as the hall of One Hundred Columns, which was started by Xerxes and completed by Artaxerxes. The southern part of the building offers the chance to enjoy the sight of many other attractive structures. These attractions include the palace of Darius and Xerxes along with the royal treasury. There are also several enormous relief patterns that each of has a special story. Persepolis was inscribed on the world heritage list of UNESCO in 1979.

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