Persepolis

Persepolis, Marvdasht

Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks
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8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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This monument is an unbelievable place with unique architecture and 2500 years history, which was the first United Nations of the world and was built by Achaemenid Darius,a Persian king. This site is 125000 SQ.m. with 9 palaces and 3000 reliefs. It is 60 k.m far from Shiraz and located near Naqsh-e-Rostam and Pasargad in Shiraz- Esfahan highway. Around this site you can serve local foods.
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Legendaryiran
Iran93 contributions
May 2020
Persepolis, called Takht-e Jamshid in Persian, is a magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site, representing the ancient Persian's glory. It is so remarkable that all visitors to Iran go to visit there. Even in many posters and designs, you can see the engravings and columns of Persepolis as a symbol of Iran; therefore, don't miss visiting there.
It is not far from Shiraz (less than a one-hour drive) and offers good facilities to the tourists such as restaurants, cafes, a hotel, etc. If you are traveling to Shiraz during summer, I recommend avoid visiting Persepolis during midday, because its sunshine is unbearable, unless you use an umbrella. Also, it is near Pasargadae (Tomb of the Great Cyrus). So you can arrange to visit both attractions on the same day. It is also good to leave Shiraz in the morning, visit Persepolis for a couple of hours, and then head to Pasargadae. And finally, drive toward Yazd city; I think it is the best plan.
Written February 5, 2021
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Dorothy C
Hong Kong99 contributions
Dec 2019
We went to Persepolis with a guided tour and the local guide explained majority of the stuffs to us. It is a magnificent historic site. We can imagine how grand and impressive the place was in 500 BC. One cannot help admiring the grandiose structure of the ancient Persian capital and the meticulousness of the stone carving of the ancient Persians. The more we see, the more we begin to appreciate the greatness of the Persian Empire. It is simply breathtaking. We would love to re-visit this place one day.
Written January 10, 2020
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Saeid0380
Shiraz, Iran776 contributions
Oct 2019
The magnificent ruins of Perspolis founded by Darius the great in 518 BC and had been constructed for near 150 years.
It was one the three capital of the Achaemenid Empire.

The terrace of Perspolis with its double flight of access stairs, its walls covered by sculpted friezes at various levels, the gigantic winged bulls and the remains of large halls, is a grandios architectural creation.
There are several palaces fitted together harmoniously.

This ensemble of majestic approaches, monumental stairways, throne rooms, reception rooms and annex buildings is classified among the world's greatest archaeological sites.

There is area near the main site that you can find a huge parking lot, cafes, souvenir shop and other things you may need.
Written April 3, 2020
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My Iran Tour
Shiraz, Iran25 contributions
Jun 2021
Persepolis is actually one of the highlights of Iran. its a must see sight dates back to 2500 years ago started to be built by Darius the great, the third king of Achaemenid empire. worth to spend at least 2-3 hours there.
Written March 4, 2022
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1stQuesters
Tehran, Iran131 contributions
Jan 2020
Perspolis is the most famous Unesco site of Iran, the once glorious capital of the Achaemenid Empire. Called Takht-e Jamshid (Jamshid's Throne) it displays 2500 years of history, sculpted on the walls of the palaces.

Practical tips:

I highly suggest to visit the site with a guide if you want to understand its significance and truly appreciate it. Every design has its meaning and there are no explanations on the site itself for the visitors. You can spend easily up to 3 hours with a good guide.

You can also rent a virtual reality headset at the entrance, which can be used on several spots. It's far from being necesseray but it adds something interesting to the experience!

There are some cafes, a restaurant and souvenirs shops on the site. There's also a hotel but it's better to visit Persepolis on a day-trip from Shiraz.
Written July 7, 2020
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mjomidi
Tehran, Iran74 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
The ruins of one of the supreme creations of antiquity, one of the wonders of the known world, which in its grandeur, beauty and significance marked the culminating achievement of the ancient Near East.
Fabulous palaces, the occasional residence of the Achaemenid Great Kings.
Darius began the great construction at Persepolis about 518-516 B.C. It was not completed when Alexander destroyed it in 330 B.C.
Persepolis was a sacred national shrine, potent setting for the spring festival, Nowruz.
Written June 11, 2020
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sahar_abbasi66
Shiraz, Iran6 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
Hi. Im sahar abbasi. Im from shiraz and im an english guide too for more than 9 years. I would be happy to tell you some information. If you are interested in taking photo during autumn and winter , visiting persepolis in the afternoon makes it more charming and very nice time to go and take photos. And during spring and specially summer it is good to be there around 8.30 or 9. To be more cool and less crowded. I hope you enjoy it.
😎😊 and if you need a guide or need more info. I would be happy to help you.
Written January 1, 2020
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Kaveh
Tehran, Iran72 contributions
Jan 2020
The most significant place of Persian history. Persepolis is a huge ancient city first built in 550 BC. It is such a shame that it was ruined, the history behind each inscription, monument n structures are magnificent!
Written February 16, 2020
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore11,767 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
This historical is really a gem. As it is a pretty big site, be prepared to spend >2 hours here if you want to see it in depth. You can also climb further up to get a vantage point of the whole site. A definite must visit.
Written October 22, 2020
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Coco V
19 contributions
Dec 2021
A historical site that should be visited in Iran. It's near Shiraz,takes around one hour. My friend and I visited there with a professional,intelligent and registered guide (his name was Ali/ Tr2p. Com ) .These palaces have been built more than 2500 years ago .Itwas amazing and glorious .You can imagine how Iranian empires was powerful and wide . It was spring residential palace of Achaemenian empires that was burned and destroyed by Alexander the Great. You can see either Nations queues ( who were colonies ) are offering gifts to Iran emperors on stones in walls and steps. Highly recommended 👌
Written January 10, 2022
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