Achaemenid Necropolis at Naqsh-e-Rostum, Persia


Naqsh-e Rostam   is an ancient  necropolis located about 12 km northwest of  Persepolis in the Fars region of Iran.  Here are found  a group of ancient Persian rock reliefs , from both the Achaemenid and the Sassanian periods .

Four tombs belonging to Achaemenid are built into the rock face behind the Persepolis complex.   . The entrance to each tomb is at the center of each cross, which opens onto a small chamber, where the king lay in a sarcophagus. The tombs belong to Darius I, Xerxes I, Artaxerxes I and Artaxerxes II. They were all looted and pillaged by Alexander  and his troops after Persepolis was burned down.

An unfinished tomb probably was that of Darius III, the last of the Achaemenid kings.


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