Persepolis – The ruins of an ancient city were discovered in the early 1930s, during excavations by the French archaeologist Andre Godard.

Godard in his study claims that the site for the construction of the city was chosen by Cyrus the Great, and Darius the Great began the construction of palaces and other buildings. Darius designed the construction of the palace of Apadan and Tripilon – the main imperial treasury. The construction of these structures was completed during the reign of his son Xerxes. Further erection of the buildings continued until the fall of the Achiminid dynasty.

Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire during the reign of the Achiminid dynasty. The ancient city is located 70 kilometers south of Shiraz, in the province of Fars, on the territory of modern Iran.


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