Choqa Zanbil Ziggurat

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Persepolis

 

an ancient capital of the kings of the Achaemenian dynasty of Persia, located about 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) outside of the modern city of Shiraz of southwestern Iran. The construction began at the site 5 centuries BC under the rule of King Darius the Great and finished by his son Cambyses II and grandson Darius over the course of 150 years. Persepolis consists several monumental buildings on a vast tow sided stone terrace. The terrace is about 1,475 ft long by 985 ft wide. The staircases are such wide that horses could climb it. It was influenced by the architecture from around the world. Tiles were brought from Babylon, precious stones were from India, and also Cedrous wood was brought from Lebanon. You see huge Apadana in front of a vast space or Audience Hall of Darius; in the eastern side of Apadana there is a throne hall, which has one hundred columns—which was begun by Xerxes and completed by Artaxerxes. Other buildings, including the palaces of Darius and Xerxes and the royal treasury are located in the southern part. Eastern part of Apadana has been the most wonderful part of Persepolis on which you can see the pictures of representatives from all 28 subordinate nations that were giving gifts from their local region to the kings. To sum up, Persepolis has always been one the greatest attractions and glories of Iran


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