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 the coronation of Ardeshir Baabakaan when he receives the ring of kingship from the God Ahuramazda. Inscriptions beside the relief says “The zorastrian faith had died out I, the king of kings, re-established it”. Another relief shows how Shapur I, on horse, receives the ring of kingship.
Entrance fee when I visited was IR 2000 (July 2006).
The site is open till 7pm in summer (5pm in winter).
- Historical Travel
The tombs Naqsh-e Rostam are not far away from Persepolis and it’s definitely a must to see archaeological site. Curved on the cliffs high above the ground level are four tombs. They are believed to belong to Darius I, Artaxerxes, Xerxes I and Darius II. Underneath the tombs are Sassanian era bas-reliefs depicting scenes of imperial battles and ceremonies.
Facing the tombs is the Kaba Zartosht believed to be an Achaemenid fire temple
The tombs of Naqsh-e Rajab (admission fee) are consisted of four Sassanian bas-reliefs with various scenes from reigns of Ardeshir I and Shapur the Great and are on ground level. They are worth of a short visit on the way between Persepolis and Naqsh-e Rostam