Thursday, 16 August 2012

16 August 2012 - Sightseeing at Persepolis and surrounding areas

We woke up early as usual and made our way towards Persepolis, 60km away from Shiraz. We were greeted by a row of trees on both sides of the road as we entered Persepolis. After paying 5,000 Rials each we were in.

Persepolis was founded by Darius the Great in about 518 B.C. as a symbol of his power and a magnificent setting for celebrating New Year Day (or Nawrooz Festival) which coincides with the Spring equinox (c.21st March). Here are some pics:

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Next we made a short visit to Naqsh-I Rustam (tombs of Darius II, Artaxerxes I, Darius I and Xeres set in the rocks) before heading towards Pasargarde.

 

 

 

 

 

Then it’s off to Pasagarde. Here’s the pics:

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