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This photo of a detail of the Gate of Xerxes amidst the ruins of Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid in modern Persian, "The Throne of Jamshid") captures the great majesty of the ancient Persian ceremonial capital and the empire of the Achaemenids. It is located near Shiraz, Iran. It is were national ceremonies occurred with reverence to Ahura-Mazda, the god of the Achaemenids' faith, Zoroastrianism. It was built c. 518-370 B.C. and was destroyed by Alexander the Great in 331 B.C.

This photo of a detail of the Gate of Xerxes amidst the ruins of Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid in modern Persian, "The Throne of Jamshid") captures the great majesty of the ancient Persian ceremonial capital and the empire of the Achaemenids. It is located near Shiraz, Iran. It is were national ceremonies occurred with reverence to Ahura-Mazda, the god of the Achaemenids' faith, Zoroastrianism. It was built c. 518-370 B.C. and was destroyed by Alexander the Great in 331 B.C.

Lost Worlds - Persepolis (Shiraz) -Iran.

Lost Worlds - Persepolis (Shiraz) -Iran.

What's so striking about the ruins of Persepolis in southern Iran, an ancient capital of the Persian Empire that was burned down after being conquered by Alexander the Great, is the absence of violent imagery on what's left of its stone walls.

What's so striking about the ruins of Persepolis in southern Iran, an ancient capital of the Persian Empire that was burned down after being conquered by Alexander the Great, is the absence of violent imagery on what's left of its stone walls.

The Persian Gate of All Nations, Persepolis, modern Iran. Construction on this monument began under Xerxes I (486-465 BC). Photo taken by Matt Werner.

The Persian Gate of All Nations, Persepolis, modern Iran. Construction on this monument began under Xerxes I (486-465 BC). Photo taken by Matt Werner.

Teheran Museum. Persian Lion.

Teheran Museum. Persian Lion.

The Forgotten Empire of the Achaemenids    #Achaemenids

The Forgotten Empire of the Achaemenids #Achaemenids

In Zoroastrian belief, Chak Chak is where Nikbanou, second daughter of the last pre-Islamic Persian ruler, Yazdegerd III of the Sassanid Empire, was cornered by the invading Arab army in 640 CE. Fearing capture Nikbanou prayed to Ahura Mazda to protect her from her enemies. In response to Nikbanou's pleadings, the mountain miraculously opened up and sheltered her from the invaders.

In Zoroastrian belief, Chak Chak is where Nikbanou, second daughter of the last pre-Islamic Persian ruler, Yazdegerd III of the Sassanid Empire, was cornered by the invading Arab army in 640 CE. Fearing capture Nikbanou prayed to Ahura Mazda to protect her from her enemies. In response to Nikbanou's pleadings, the mountain miraculously opened up and sheltered her from the invaders.

The Palace of Ardashir Babakan    Near Firuzabad, Pars, and boasting some of the earliest Iwans and squinches known in Persian Architecture

The Palace of Ardashir Babakan Near Firuzabad, Pars, and boasting some of the earliest Iwans and squinches known in Persian Architecture

Traditional Persian Helmet of Qajar Era Gold and silver helmet Qajar Period, Iran, 19th Century Size: 20.3 cm in diameter

Traditional Persian Helmet of Qajar Era Gold and silver helmet Qajar Period, Iran, 19th Century Size: 20.3 cm in diameter

Hercul Image- Kermanshah,Iran  http://www.pinterest.com/tbmz/persianiran/

Hercul Image- Kermanshah,Iran http://www.pinterest.com/tbmz/persianiran/

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