Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Persepolis, Iran

Ill close this update today with another UNESCO...sorry if it seems too short, but i need to be rushing back to work in a while...i just didnt want to leave this for tonight coz i know that as usual i may get carried away with other stuff and wont do it...

Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire during the Achaemenid dynasty. It is situated 70 km northeast of the modern city of Shiraz in the Fars Province of modern Iran.  In contemporary Persian, the site is known as Takht-e Jamshid (Throne of Jamshid) and Parseh. To the ancient Persians, the city was known as Pārsa, which means "The City of Persians".
Persepolis is near the small river Pulwar, which flows into the river Kur. The site includes a 125,000 square meter terrace, partly artificially constructed and partly cut out of a mountain, with its east side leaning on Kuh-e Rahmet ("the Mountain of Mercy"). The other three sides are formed by retaining walls which vary in height with the slope of the ground.
The first westerner to visit the ruins of Persepolis was Antonio de Gouveia from Portugal who wrote about cuneiform inscriptions following his visit in 1602.
The buildings at Persepolis include three general groupings: military quarters, the treasury, and the reception halls and occasional houses for the King.

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