Address: Marv-Dasht, Persepolis, Shiraz, Iran
Opening hours: 7-12:30; 13:30-19
Type of Museum: Historical Palace
Type of Objects: Historical Monuments
Some fifty km North of Shiraz, Persepolis looks across the wide plain of Marv-Dasht. It is the utmost expression of the culture of ancient Iran. Construction of Persepolis began under Achamenid Darius 1 (521-486 B.C.) and it was further developed under Xerxes and his successors. It was a superb spectacle of vast interior spaces and harmonious design.
The whole construction process took about 150 years. This magnificent court was the summer residence of Achamenian Emperors, as well as their official reception quarters.
This monument is a huge ensemble of 25 centuries of Persian Architecture.
The most important pats of this complex are:
- A double stairway
- Entrance Gate
- Apadana Palace
- Hypostyle Palace
- Palace with three Gates
- Southern Structure of Apadana
- Mirror Palace (Tachar)
- Palace of Xerxes (Hadish)
- Southern Palace
- Imperial Treasury
- ramparts and towers
- ruin below Persepolis
- surrounding area
- Northern Ditch