Nagsh-e Rustam & Persepolis Tour
Depart Shiraz at 8am.
Drive for an hour to get to Persepolis Complex, the magnificent pre-Islamic UNESCO listed world heritage site. Founded by Darius I in 518 B.C, Persepolis was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire. It was built on an immense half-artificial, half-natural terrace, where the inspiration of Mesopotamian models created the impressive palace complex. Persepolis was expanded by King Xerxes I (son of Darius I), who unfortunately invaded and destroyed much of Greece in 480 BCE. 'Alexander the Great' described Persepolis as the wealthiest city under the sun, so he eventually looted and burned the soft materials.
Drive to Necropolis (Naghsh-e Rustam) that is confirmed to have hosted the tombs of Achaemenid, Sassanian, Elamite and Qajar kings, bass relieves and other important inscriptions.The order of the tombs in Naqshe-e Rustam, from left to right is: Darius II, Artaxerxes I, Darius I, Xerxes I
Return to Shiraz around 2pm
(Approximately 140kms driving round trip).
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