Gate of All Nations at Persepolis, Persia (11)


Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the great Achaemenid empire (ca. 550–330 BC).   The earliest remains of Persepolis date back to 515 BC.  Persepolis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site . To the ancient Persians, the city was known as  Parsa. Archaeological evidence shows that the earliest remains of Persepolis date back to 515 BCE.   Darius I   built the terrace and the palaces  of Persepolis. Darius I’s construction of Persepolis were carried out parallel to those of the  Palace of Susa. Grey limestone was the main building material used at Persepolis.

After invading Achaemenid Persia in 330 BCE , Alexander  sent the main force of his army to Persepolis  and  stormed  the “Persian Gates “, a pass through modern-day Zagros Mountains. Persepolis was burned down after his victory as an act of ultimate vengeful vandalism..

Persepolitan architecture is noted for its use of the  Persian columns  which was probably based on earlier wooden columns. Architects resorted to stone only when the largest cedar trees from Lebanon or teak from India   did not fulfill the required sizes. Column bases and capitals were made of stone. In 518 BCE, a large number of the most experienced engineers, architects, and artists from all over the world were invited to participate in the building  of the first inter-national   symbol of universal unity and peace and equality for thousands of years.

The name of Xerxes I was written in three languages and carved on the entrances, informing everyone that he ordered The Gate of All Nations to be built.


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