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“Grand tombs set high on a cliff” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Naqsh-e-Rostam

Naqsh-e-Rostam
Vicino a Persepolis, Marvdasht, Iran
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“Grand tombs set high on a cliff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Also known locally as the Necropolis. Tombs are in a grand setting with gorgeous detailed and large carvings on the cliff wall. Definitely worth a visit - it is often combined with a visit to Persepolis.

Visited September 2013
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“A necropolis that can tell admirable stories”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Despite being small, the site has a lot to tell.
It is rather a multi-facet area.
Above all, the 4 tomb chambers carved into mountains embraced the 4 Acheamenian emperors including Darisuh the great and Xerex I.
Really makes you feel like to know what it is actually inside as you may see some carvings or statues when sun is at teh right angle. Just impressive!

On lower part below the tomb chambers, you see the carvings of Sasanids some 14 centuries ago depicting the great battles and victories they had. Admirable!

Zoroaster cube or Ka'be Zartosht is another magnificient Achamenian buiding which is in a good conditions, probably a temple or sacred place. (maybe a center for astrology).
Mysterious!

Further down to end of the complex on both sides of the Sasanid carving, there is an amazing old and ruined carving of a King and queen or God and godess belonging to Ilomites dynasty which is estimated to be 3000- 4000 years old by prof Hertsfeld.
Ancient!

And on top of the mountain cliff, you can just see a column like a torch. Big cubes like fire altars are said to be located on top but cannot be seen and it's a pity that it is not possible to climb to have a peek.
Unreachable!

Just 4 km north of Persepolis, that is a must-see!
And do not forget the camel ride for 1 euro!

Visited August 2013
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“Makes you want to climb, just realize where you are”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Seeing the carvings and embossments in the mountain side make Naqseh Rostam one of the awe inspiring sights of pasegardea. If you sit at the right angle and at the right time of the day you can see inside some of the tombs from ground level. I saw inside Xerces tomb. There are embossments from the achemaemid and Sassanid dynasties here, which with two found at persepolis, make over a dozen embossed sculptures. The sheer height of the achemaemid ones clearly over power the Sassanid, but do read the history written at the base of each one to reveal the history.

Visited August 2013
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“Marvellous archaeological site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Naqsh-e-Rostam is an archaeological site, containing mainly 4 ancient tombs belonging to Achaemenid kings, a cube shaped construction called "Ka'ba-ye Zartosht" from Achaemenid era, as well as seven rock reliefs depicting Sassanid kings. It is located some 12 km northwest of Persepolis, a few hundred meters from Sassanid reliefs in Naqsh-e Rajab, in Fars province, Iran. The tombs of Darius the Great, Xerxes, Artaxerxes and Darius II are the proof of the grandiosity of the Sassanid era. I felt like being in a movie.

Visited July 2013
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“A very ancient mountain carving and royal tombs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

It is a great ancient site very unique in its usage. The tomb of ancient kings of Persia is located there but it is much more than just tombs. But it's too hot in summer time.

Visited June 2013
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