Naqsh-e Rustam is an archaeological site located about 12 km northwest of Persepolis, in Fars province, Iran. Naqsh-e Rustam lies a few hundred meters from Naqsh-e Rajab.The oldest relief at Naqsh-i Rustam is severely damaged and dates to c. 1000 BCE. It depicts a faint image of a man with unusual head-gear and is thought to be Elamite in origin....more
On a natural rock platform in front of the Darius II tomb you can see a cube-like construction known as platform known as Ka'ba-ye Zartosht - the ka'bah of Zoroaster. This ka'bah was built by the Achaemenid Empire.It is not knowns the exact use of this structure... at the beginning people had thought that it could been a Zoroastrian shrine would...more
At Naqsh-e Rostam, under the tombs, you can admire seven large and beautiful bas reliefs dating back to the Sassanid period. These bas reliefs represent the kinds of the Sassanid Dinasty.They are: - the investiture of Ardashir I- the triumph of Shapur I- the "grandee" relief of Bahram II- the two equestrian reliefs of Bahram II- the investiture of...more
Naqsh-e Rostam is a wonderful sight not far from Persepolis and, although smaller and completely differenent, is just as charming - as well as far less crowded. Moreover the surrounding scenery is truly breathtaking.Cut in the bare face of a rock you can admire four tombs that belonged to four Achaemenid kings. As you can see from the photos, these...more
These stone reliefs are showing the power of Sassanian kings - that kings get power from Ahurza Mazda, Zoroastrian divinity as well Sassanian king defeating Roman emperors. There could be seen small part of one stone reliefs of Elamite era under Sassanian stone relief.more
I took a day trip by taxi from Shiaz to Persepolis, Naqsh-e Rostam, Naqsh-e Rajab, Pasargadae. The taxi is arrnaged by Anvari Hotel in Shiaz. It costs IR450,000 per car (May 2008). We started out at 7:30am and went back to hotel at 2pm. The whole duration time included about 30 mins sight-seeing in Pasargadae, 20 mins in Naqsh-e Rostam, 10 mins in...more
I rented the car in Pars tourist office - http://www.key2persia.com/. I highly recommend dealing with this company as they are highly professional and honest. I paid 32 usd for a half day individual tour with guide to Persepolis, Naqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab. The guide was perfect in his knowledge about Persepolis and spoke perfect English. My...more
In Shiraz I asked at the hotel for a tour to Pasargadae, Persepolis, Naqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab. They called a driver, who picked me up outside the hotel at 8.00 the following morning. The driver talked non-stop all the way about his life and life in Iran. It was very interesting, but I missed the scenery along the road. At the sites he asked...more
Naqsh-e Rajab is a tiny archaeological site about 5 minutes from Persepolis... it's so tiny that it really takes a few minutes to visit it, there are only two masin bas reliefs and some rockface inscriptions, one opposite the other.The most striking, the one in the picture, is that of 'Shapur's Parade'. The king, on horseback, parades to celebrate...more
Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire (Achaemenid Empire). It is a complex of palaces built on a stone terrace, 14 metres above the surrounding plain. Work with Persepolis begun around 518 BC, when Darius I was king, and it was added to during the next 150 years. Especially during the New Year celebrations (Noruz) delegates...more
Naqsh-e Rajab is a small site 3 km north of Persepolis, and it is near to Naqsh-e Rostam as well. Here you will find four early Sassanian bas-reliefs, which are important cultural remains. In the reliefs are motifs from the lives of Ardeshir Baabakaan (who was the founder of Sassanian Dynasty) and Shapur I (a great Sassanian king). One relief shows...more
Naqsh-e Rostam is a small but magnificent archaeological site about 12 km northwest of Persepolis. It is not as crowded as Persepolis and it's very suggestive. The name of this site comes from a bas relief which, for a long time, had been thought to represent a local mythical hero, Rostam. Even one of the tombs, for a while, was believed to have been Rostam's.
There are three main sights in Naqsh-e Rostam, five elevated Achaemenid tombs carved out of bare rock (4 finished and one unfinished), seven well-preserved Sassanid bas reliefs under the tombs, and a misterious structure called Ka'ba-ye Zartosht which might not have been a k'ba after all.
Fondest memory: As we were driving to Naqsh-e Rostam, our driver told us the story of Rostam, son of Zal and Rudaba, immortalized in the epic book Shahnameh by the poet Ferdowsi, who apprently spent 30 years writing it.
Rostam, the ultimate champion, at some point embarked on a journey is called "Rostam's Seven Labours, in which he had to: fight a lion; cross a desert; slay a dragon, two demons and a witch; tame a legendary stallion.
I have not read (yet) Rostam's stories but, judging from the driver's words, I could see some similarities with Cúchulainn, the Irish hero. One day I shall try and find out if I was right or wrong.