Iran - Central Iran

On the highest part of the rocky mountain of Rahmat and in the plain of Marvdasht lies the ruins of Takht-e-Jamshid palace, located seventy miles northeast of Shiraz in present-day Iran. It is considered one of the great wonders of the ancient world.

Persepolis embodies not just a grand architectural scheme but a splendid idea. Perceived by Darius the Great in 520 BC, who acceded to the responsibility for ruling an empire established by his predecessor, Cyrus the Great, Persepolis embraces beliefs such as fair treatment and cultural tolerance for all subjects.

The result is an extensive set of structures, including monumental staircases, exquisite reliefs and imposing gateways, testifying to the expanse of Darius’ domain and took over 150 years to build and is now registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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