Takht-e Jamshid known as Persepolis located at Marvdasht near to Shiraz city, has been one of the capital of the Achaemenid Empire in Iran. The construction of this magnificent complex was started at 512 BC by Darius I, the third king of Achaemenid Empire. Completion process took 120 years and was not completed during his lifetime and was also succeeded by the successors, Xerxes and Artaxerxes. According to the documents contained in the inscriptions left from the era of ancient Iran, this area was known as Parseh. Early Greeks called it the city of Persians or Persai. Latter writers followed the deliberate mistranslation of the poet Aeschylus, Perseptolis, "destroyer of cities" and today this Site is known as Persepolis. Historians have found that Perspolis was burned down by Alexander the Macedonian, 330 BC, in his invaded to Persia. Nevertheless, the ruins of this place still remain magnificent and astonishing to its visitors.
Photo by: Ali Shadmehr