The Glory of Persia, Persepolis
Once upon a time, the king of the greatest empire in the world decided to build a capital only to show the world his emperor’s wealth, power, and greatness. The king was Darius, and the capital of Persia was Persepolis. The city of Susa was Persia’s political center, establishing its laws.
Darius began building Persepolis around 518 B.C. as the ceremonial center for the Achaemenid dynasty. But Darius did not make it to see the stunning outcome of the hands that carved out the columns, stairs, arches, and statues from stones of “Mercy Mountain” in Fars province. It took one hundred years for Persepolis to become ready for galas and ceremonies. Darius’s son Xerxes was fortunate to see this glorious city.
Today, the ruins of Persepolis city have irreplaceable values that make this monument a legacy to the world. Persepolis in Shiraz has become a popular tourist destination for those who take a tour to Iran.
A revenge attack by its enemy brought dark days for Persepolis and the Achaemenid Empire. Persepolis was burned by a Greek general named Alexander. He took revenge from the Persians because they burned the city of Athens in a war. Before Alexander turned Persepolis into ashes, he took home all the gold and silver from this city which had to be carried on twenty thousand mules and five thousand camels.
The ruins of Persepolis city have now become a popular destination for tourists. They see the splendor of an empire that once brought other emperors to gift the majestic kings of Persia their most precious gifts due to its glory.
Persepolis is a must-see if you are planning a trip to Iran. In Persepolis, Persian history becomes alive. As you walk on the site, the gigantic columns, arches, and gates will tell you stories about a dynasty and its kings who were the protectors of humanity, regardless of one’s nationality.