Persepolis: Iran’s Ancient Metropolis (video)
Persopolis was one of the greatest places of the Ancient World, and the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid kings. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must-see on many travelers’ bucket lists. It’s an appropriate name as well: Persepolis means “city of Persians.”
What makes travelers speechless at the sight of this 2,500-year-old ancient site in Iran? The vast ruins of Persepolis reflect what’s considered the greatest of Persian dynasties, the Achaemenid, which ruled from the 7th to the 4th century B.C. In this golden era, the empire expanded not only in size but also in political, artistic, and cultural influence. Persepolis symbolized those achievements.
It was a futile prayer: Alexander the Great conquered the Persians and set Persepolis on fire in 330 B.C., but not before hauling off the capital’s gold, silver, and other treasures on 20,000 mules and 5,000 camels. Abandoned, only in the 1930s were these ruins excavated and their architecture and stories uncovered, once again seeing the light of day – a glimmer of the grandeur of times gone by.
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(Top photo: Persepolis, Iran was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Photo credit: Meaghan Samuels)
PUBLISHED: March 5, 2015