Persepolis and Necropolis

March 26

Off to Persepolis (Persian City): These are ruins that date back to as early as 515 BCE. It was the seat of power for the Persian Empire until 330 BCE when Alexander the Great invaded and destroyed it.


Model of Persepolis shows how it was elevated above the natural slope of the land. It was a big city!

It is amazing to catch a glimpse through these ruins of what life might have been like there. It is a massive complex and full of architectural marvels as well as bas-relief on the walls.

Most of the columns were probably about 18 meters high and there were hundreds and hundreds of them.


Yet another family wishing to have a photo with Americans just outside the WC at the entrance to Persepolis. Many people were camping here and the bathroom was jammed with people washing dishes and bathing. I decided I could hold it. haha

Some interesting side notes: Shiraz wine is named after the city here, but they didn’t claim it in the same way that Champagne or Stilton did. Also the Adidas stripes and lotus emblem were totally taken from Persepolis.

After hours of wandering these ruins, we boarded the bus again to head for the Necropolis (Dead City). This is a large cemetery with elaborate tomb monuments.

It is believed that Darius I and II, Xerxes and Artaxerxes were buried here. These are kings from Old Testament times.

A visit to the bazaar in Shiraz was mandatory once we got back.

It was packed to the gills with people and products, so it was difficult to move. Everything you can imagine is sold in these bazaars from spices to fabric to furniture to electronics, as well as local handicrafts.

After this we went back to the hotel and then out for dinner. It was a sit-on-the-same-level-as-your-food place and they had live music.

This included traditional instruments and songs as well as a performance by a group who signed to the music in fancy traditional dress. What an experience!

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nancy Fahrbach
    Apr 24, 2016 @ 17:24:42

    Incredible ! So impressed with your travel adventures . Loved the mosaics in Iran . Nancy

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Judy Taft
    Apr 27, 2016 @ 14:40:33

    This is a fabulous account and I am so grateful that you have shared it with those of us who may never have the opportunity to get there. I plan to share it with all of my family who are real travel buffs. My daughter, Becky, may even be able to use some of the pictures in her history lectures. Thanks so much for sharing!!!


  3. adriannderson
    May 13, 2016 @ 10:39:13

    I love the bazaar! All of the fabric and the enameled copper and the carpets. It’s so beautiful!


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