Wednesday, April 25, 2018
What to say? A visit to Persepolis leaves one speechless. The splendour of the site is overwhelming.
It was built by Darius I in the 6th century BC as a ceremonial site where representatives of many nations as well as Persians came to pay their respects.
Images of those paying tribute, as well as images of power adorn the walls snd gates.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Hewn into the rockface, the site of Naqsh-e Rostan is where it is believed that Darius I, Xerxes and Darius II were buried.
Darius I died 486BC.
There are also Sassanian (c. 260 AD) stone reliefs cut into the rock below the tombs.
There is also a Zoroastrian fire temple at the site.
Imam Gholi Khan, governor of Fars, founded this serene theological college for around 100 students in 1615. It is in use today, and we were fortuanate to be able to visit it and see students and teachers talking and strolling in the gardens. The perfume of orange blossom wafted through the air.