Persepolis ancient columns at sunset, Iran
Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550'u2013330 BC). It is situated 60 km northeast of the city of Shiraz in Fars Province, Iran
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RS-273 Apadana Palace, Persepolis, Iran
Apadana Palace, Persepolis, Iran.
Began by Darius the Great and completed by his son Xerxes I 30 years later in 480 BC, the palace was used by The King of Kings for official audiences. It had a grand hall in the shape of a square, each side 60 m long with seventy-two columns, thirteen of which still stand on the enormous platform. Each column is 19 m high with a square Taurus and plinth. The tops of the columns are sculpted in animal forms such as two headed bulls, lions and eagles.
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Persepolis ancient ruins in Iran - Simorgh mythical bird stone carving
Ancient and mysterious ruins and stone carved column decorated with a twin Simorgh bird, the mythical Iranian equivalent of phoenix or griffin featured in the Persian literature of antiquity, found at the 500 BC Persepolis or Takhte Jamshid complex, the capital city of the Achaemenid dynasty Zoroastrian empire, now a UNESCO World Heritage site near the central Iranian city of Marvdasht, destroyed and burned by Alexander of Macedonia
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