Persepolis is one of the world’s most magnificent archaeological sites. Known as Parsa to the ancient Persians, this site was the ceremonial capital of Iran’s Achaemenian kings from the time of Darius the Great (reign 521 to 485) for more than 200 years until its destruction by Alexander the Great in 330 B.C. Each Spring the representatives from the subject nations of the Persian empire gathered at Persepolis to pay homage and bring tribute to the King of Kings. The existing remains consist of enormous stone columns with elaborate bases; strange capitals representing both powerful and mythical beasts; stone door and window jambs; and facades and staircases, many with fine bas-reliefs.
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