Pictorial History of Persepolis
The Glorious Ceremonial Capital of the Persian Empire
During The Achaemenian Dynasty,
Who founded the First World Empire in 550 B.C.
Symbol of Persians' Enduring Greatness
The construction of the greatest engineering achievement in ancient time was started by Dariush, King of Ahaemenan Empire, in 518 B.C. (85 years before the Greek Parthenon). It measures 140,000 square meters and is located 58 kilometers north of Shiraz. Persepolis is comprised of architectural wonders such as the 100 Column Hall, the Magnificent Eastern Stairway on the Apadana Audience Hall, the Tripylon between two Great Halls, the Gate of Nations, the Double-Headed Eagle, Lion, Bulls Capital and the Battle between the Lion and the Bull, the great artwork which represents the change of seasons.
According to archeologists and historians, Persepolis is the greatest structural masterpiece of the Ancient World; no other palace has had much impact on mankind as Persepolis has. It is fair to call Persepolis one of the Ancient wonders of the World. By 330 B.C. Alexander arrived in Persepolis. This era exemplified the magnificent glory of the Persian Empire. Persepolis intrigued Alexander; he pillaged, robbed and removed vast treasures using 5,000 camels and 20,000 mules. Alexander thoughtlessly burned Persepolis to the ground. Along with it, he destroyed human culture, history and knowledge.
It was considered to be a thoughtless and unnecessary act.
Whet be died on June 13, 323 B.C., smoke was still rising from the smoldering ashes of Persepolis.