Splendid remnant of the capital of the Achaemenid Empire, Persepolis, has long been a symbol of the noble civilization of Persia. These awe-inspiring ruins of an ancient world were built by decree of Darius the Great to leave unforgettable and invaluable relic of their powerful territory.
Located in Marvdasht, some 50 km northeast of Shiraz with its columns, precious inscriptions, reliefs and palaces, Persepolis, is one of the most well-known sites in Iran attracting a considerable number of tourists each year.
The Greeks called this glorious domain of Achaemenids, Persepolis, which means ‘the land of Parsi’. Persepolis with its magnificent architecture has been a source of inspiration to world renowned architects and experts. One example, Apadana palace with its 72 columns each 20 meters high, built to hold the palace’s ceiling, is an absolute masterpiece. Moreover, underground waterways with such advanced systems and entrance stairs carved from one-piece stone without any mortar are astounding. The architecture of palaces, landscape design, urban planning, separation of residential areas from the royal settlement and overall design of Persepolis is still reflected in modern standards of design after more than 2500 years. It is a proud monument to the vision and foresight of ancient Persia.
Persepolis is considered by Iranians as a priceless treasure. It was registered on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1979.