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S5032993.jpg Persepolis is a city near Shiraz, in Fars Province. Is an ancient capital city of the Persian Empire and one of the greatest cities in the Middle East at the height of the empire. It was sacked by Alexander The Great. Much of the foundations of the site however, remain. see wikipedia

Get in

You can reach Persepolis via car from central Shiraz.

Get around


You can wonder around the ancient site and the famous 100 pillar hall. You are literally in touch distance of much of the ruins and statues, however try not to touch and potentially damage the ruins.

  • Xerxes-Gateway
  • The unfinished gate
  • Hall of the 32 columns
  • The rock-hewn tomb of Artexerxes II
  • The rock-hewn tomb of Artexerxes III
  • Central stairways
  • Palace of the 100 columns
  • Apadana Palace
  • Museum
  • Xerxes-Palace
  • Tachara-Palace



From any number of artifacts in the gift shop.


It is advisable to bring some food with you, and have a picnic in the nearby grounds.


Alcohol is illegal in Iran. Bring lots of bottled water.


Get out

Near Persepolis are located ancient tombs housing royalty. You can also see an ancient Zorostrianst so named 'fire temple'.

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