Persepolis or Takht-e-Jamshid … Shiraz, Iran …

_MG_1228-1Ok so I’m going to warn you there are a lot of pictures in this post … so because of that I’m going to try and keep the words to a minimum … On the Friday morning we were in Shiraz we all bundled into a couple of cars and headed out of town to go visit Persepolis or as the Iranian’s call it Takht-e-Jamshid (translated directly it means the Throne of Jamshid) …

_MG_1030-1_MG_1045-1 _MG_1052-1The English name Persepolis comes from the old name of the City Parsa meaning Persians and so the name Persepolis is derived from the Greek version meaning “City of the Persians”

_MG_1056-1 _MG_1060-1 _MG_1062-1

The entrance way into Persepolis (below) is known as the Gate of All Nations …

_MG_1067-1I won’t go into the details of the history of Persepolis … there is a lot of that already online that is readily available if you are interested to read about it … but what is there today of this ancient capital of the Archaemenid Empire are the ruins left after Alexander the Great burnt down and destroyed the Palace and surrounding buildings …

_MG_1071-1 _MG_1075-1

There is a lot of names carved into the stones at the entrance of the ruins … some date back hundreds of years … and its interesting to see some of the names and places people have traveled from to see the ruins …

_MG_1080-1 _MG_1082-1 _MG_1084-1

The crowds were again pretty immense that day too … I don’t think I’ve ever been to Persepolis before in the past when it was so busy … Its probably a combination of the fact its the best time of year to visit … a lot of tourists are visiting the country now and we showed up on a Friday (weekend day in Iran) … but it was still a lot of fun to see all the different tour groups from different countries walking around …

_MG_1091-1 _MG_1094-1 _MG_1097-1 _MG_1098-1 _MG_1108-1 IMG_2428-1 IMG_2438-1 IMG_2440-1Perry and I took turns taking pictures …

IMG_2445-1 IMG_2451-1

_MG_1113-1 _MG_1117-1 _MG_1123-1 _MG_1138-1 _MG_1140-1 _MG_1144-1 _MG_1148-1 _MG_1165-1

Due to the crowds that day it was another great opportunity to see all the different people visiting the ruins …

_MG_1174-1 _MG_1182-1 _MG_1186-1 _MG_1192-1 _MG_1216-1

Over the years it seems they have restricted access to certain parts of the ruins … in the past we could walk through these archways and in among the columns … now they have dedicated pathways around them … which in some ways is a shame … but I understand from a conservation perspective why it has to be like that …

_MG_1184-1 _MG_1196-1 _MG_1204-1 _MG_1206-1 _MG_1213-1 _MG_1217-1

Right so the picture below is almost like a game of Wheres Wally … can you spot my Aunt Mitra (in green) my Mum and Perry???

_MG_1225-1

_MG_1228-1_MG_1230-1 _MG_1246-1 _MG_1253-1

Persepolis was actually constructed on a plateau and part of the way up the side of a mountain … which you can see better in the picture above … the area in the foreground on the right going towards the back used to be the treasury building …

_MG_1263-1 _MG_1267-1 _MG_1270-1

There are so many carvings all over the place and the level of detail that is evident in each one is incredible …

_MG_1277-1 _MG_1288-1 _MG_1303-1 _MG_1307-1 _MG_1309-1 _MG_1312-1 _MG_1315-1 _MG_1318-1

The pictures above and below are from the ruins of the Throne Hall also known as the 100 columns palace …

_MG_1321-1 _MG_1331-1

_MG_1336-1 _MG_1340-1 _MG_1346-1

_MG_1350-1 IMG_2467-1

Group photo …

Persepolis Columns Pano 2

Some of the columns that still remain standing …

_MG_1351-1At the top of the supporting columns they would have had these carvings on them … the middle section would have been where the support beams sat to hold up the roof of the building …

_MG_1355-1_MG_1358-1 _MG_1368-1 _MG_1372-1After having walked around mostly in direct sunlight for a few hours we headed back to the coffee shop area near the entrance for some refreshments before heading back to Shiraz to join up with the rest of the family for some lunch …

_MG_1380-1 _MG_1381-1

More on that in the next post …

Till next time …

Mina X

 

 

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “Persepolis or Takht-e-Jamshid … Shiraz, Iran …

  1. Pingback: Lunch At The Family Bagh … Shiraz, Iran … | Our Adventures In The Middle East

  2. Persepolis used to the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire in Persia (ca. 550-330 BC). This historical region constitutes of the ruins of various magnificent structures such as Apadana Palace and the throne Hall. It is also UNESCO world heritage site.

  3. Pingback: Its My Birthday … 28 Before 28 Challenge Update & Some Other Thoughts … | Our Adventures In The Middle East

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s