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Favorite thing: Persepolis is not actually Persepolis... to the ancient Persians it was Pārsa, the City of Persians. To contemporary Persians it ia Takht-e Jamshid, the Throne of Jamshid. To the ancient Greeks it was simply Persēs polis, Persian city, and by this name we know it today, in the western world.
Persepolis is located about 70 km northeast of of Shiraz, in the Fars Province in Central Iran, and it used to be ancient ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire during the Achaemenid rule.
Fondest memory: The location of Persepolis was chosen by Cyrus the Great, but it was Darius the Great who actually started the building of the imposing terrace and the many palaces of the complex.
There are nine major halls and palaces, as well as other subsidiary structures like gateways, stairways, walls and tombs.
The most imposing constructions bear the name of the Gate of All Nations, the Apadana Palace and the Throne Hall. However what I found really amzing were the numerous bas reliefs on the walls and on the columns... spectacular.
Updated May 30, 2008
Fondest memory: I didn't want to rush around Persepolis.
I plannaed to have 2 hours there ended up to 3 hours.
The area is fairly big if you want to climb to some rocky hills to see the tombs but I took times to have my drinks, smoking.
So, it's wise to bring some drinks, maybe sandwiches as well. Choose a spot & while away the time.
Written Jun 5, 2006
Favorite thing: if you pretend to visit in one day Pasargadae, Naqsh eRostam, Naqsh e Rajab and Persepolis wake up very early or you wont do it. Persepolis closes at 5 PM and when you arrive there the time will go flying...it is so fascinating that you will spend at least 3 hours visiting all including the tombs of Artaxerxes II and III.
Written Jan 23, 2006