Persepolis is the ancient capital of the Achaemenid Empire which lasted from 550BC until 330BC, when it was overrun by the Alexander the Great. Construction of Persepolis started in 515 BC, with the major structures being completed by 485BC. Persepolis was destroyed when Alexander conquered the Persian empire in 330BC. What remains today are ruins spread over an area of 300x200m, located 70 km northeast of Shiraz in the Fars province. Perspolis was a walled city, accessible via a large staircase and the gate of all nations. The largest palace in Persepolis was the Apadana palace completed under Xerxes I in 485BC. Inside the palace are well preserved bas-reliefs with scenes of soldier and nobles arriving at the city. Due to its small size the Persepolis site can be visited in a few hours. Persepolis has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1979.
In 2012 the entrance fee for the Persepolis site has been increased from 5000 IRL to 150000 IRL (which is about 4 USD at the current exchange rate).

01 Gate of all Nations 02 Bull statues 03 Bull statues 04 Column 05 Winged bull statue 06 Gate of all Nations
07 Gate of all Nations 08 Winged bull statue 09 Gate of all Nations 10 Achaemenid griffin statue 11 Achaemenid griffin statue
12 Gate of all Nations lateral view 13 Winged bull statue 14 Gate of all Nations 01 100 columns palace 02 100 columns palace
03 100 columns palace 04 100 columns palace 05 100 columns palace 06 100 columns palace
07 100 columns palace 08 100 columns palace 09 100 columns palace 10 Apadana palace ruins
11 Apadana palace ruins 12 Apadana palace ruins 13 Apadana palace ruins 14 Apadana palace ruins 15 Apadana palace ruins
16 Apadana palace ruins 17 Artaxerxes palace ruins 18 Palace of Darius 19 Palace of Darius
20 Palace of Darius 21 Palace of Darius 22 Palace of Darius basrelief 23 Palace of Darius
24 100 columns palace 25 100 columns palace 26 100 columns palace 27 100 columns palace
28 Apadana palace ruins 29 100 columns palace 01 Persian and Median soldiers 02 Persian soldier bas-relief 03 Median soldier bas-relief
04 Median soldier bas-relief 05 Median soldier bas-relief 06 Lion and bull bas-relief 07 Wall with bas-reliefs 08 Persian soldiers bas-relief
09 Persian soldiers bas-relief 10 African soldiers 11 African soldiers 12 Persian soldiers 13 Persian soldiers
14 Wall with bas-reliefs 15 Tribute bearers with sheep 16 Procession of tribute bearers 17 Procession of tribute bearers
18 Tribute bearer 19 Tribute bearers 20 Persian soldier 21 Tribute bearer 22 Procession of tribute bearers
23 Procession of tribute bearers 24 Fertility symbol 25 Ram sheep 26 Tree bas-relief 27 Persian soldiers bas-relief
28 Persian soldiers bas-relief 29 Persian and Median dignitaries 30 Cuneiform inscriptions 31 Cuneiform inscriptions 32 Cuneiform inscriptions
33 Persian soldiers bas-relief 34 Lion and bull bas-relief 01 Bull statue 02 King fighting Ahriman 03 Bull head shaped pottery rhyton 04 Terracotta water pipe
05 Winged messenger 06 Bronze trumpet 07 Hatchet 08 Persian soldiers bas-relief 01 Panoramic view of Persepolis
02 Panoramic view of Persepolis 01 Terrace and tomb 02 Tombs of Artaxerxes II and III 03 Artaxerxes tomb
04 Facade with bas-reliefs 05 Tomb facade 06 Bas-relief with erased faces
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