On this day we will take you back to the time of antiquity, where you can travel in time and get to know the glory of Persia.
To start we will go to Persepolis to pass through “the gate of all nations”. This city was once the richest city under the sun, and now its riches lie in its magnificence. I will tell you much more about the Persian Empire and the importance and history of these places when we’re there. For now it would suffice to know that the Persian Empire was the greatest Empire the world had ever seen, and this great Empire did not really have a fixed capital. Persepolis that was built by Darius the great in 518 was its most glorious city where they would spend their spring vacations. The most important use of this palace was to hold the new year ceremony (Nowrooz) which starts on the 21st of March. So this palace is ;ore of a luxurious ceremonial one than a political capital. They would move to their other palaces since Persians were primarily nomadic people and they had kept this nomadic migration attitude. However, most of their central palaces were built in the south of Iran and in the vicinity of modern day Shiraz in Fars province.
Another great palace was built by Cyrus the Great where he is buried and his tomb shines in the middle of its ruins. Also close to Persepolis can be found Necropolis (The city of the dead) where can be found four gigantic tombs inside mountain hills. Here one will be awed by the greatness of Persian kings, those who never went down to earth and soared up to the skies. This city is called Naqshe-Rostam in Persian because its reliefs reminds one of the hero of the famous Persian epic “Shahname” (The book of the ings), also the longest epic of all time. Under the tombs of the kings can be found the bas-reliefs related to the most glorious Persian Empire, the Sassanids. One feels like they are turning the pages of a history back going through all of them in detail.
But to be able to get the most out of these places we have to move early in the morning at 8 AM. Then after staying in Persepolis for 3 or 4 hours we’ll head for Necropolis (Naghshe’ Rostam) to visit the gigantic tombs of 4 of our gigantic Persian Kings.
You might get awed and amazed by their tombs but you have to wait for the most awe-striking tomb in all of Iran. The tomb of the King of Kings, Cyrus The Great in Pasargadea, which is a bit far from Necropolis, at least 1 hour of driving.