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Japanes Band Performs at Iran's Historical Persepolis

In a groundbreaking move by a foreign music band, a Japanese band performed live on Thursday in Persepolis, one of the world's most famed ancient palaces, Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency reported.

NPO Coma, became the ever first foreign music band to perform a live concert in the premises of the 2,500-year-old palace. The concert was a sold-out event, with over 2,000 people attending, some 400 of them Japanese tourists.

The presence of the Japanese indicate that music can bridge nations and civilizations that might be geographically far away from each other, said Ali Hashemi, deputy of Iran's Cultural Heritage and tourism Organization.

The magnificent ruins of Persepolis lie at the foot of Kuh-i-Rahmat, or "Mountain of Mercy," in the plain of Marv Dasht about 400 miles south of the present capital city of Teheran.

The exact date of the founding of Persepolis is not known. It is assumed that Darius I began work on the platform and its structures between 518 and 516 B.C., visualizing Persepolis as a show place and the seat of his vast Achaemenid Empire. He proudly proclaimed his achievement; there is an excavated foundation inscription that reads, "And Ahuramazda was of such a mind, together with all the other gods, that this fortress (should) be built. And (so) I built it. And I built it secure and beautiful and adequate, just as I was intending to." But the security and splendor of Persepolis lasted only two centuries. Its majestic audience halls and residential palaces perished in flames when Alexander the Great conquered and looted Persepolis in 330 B.C. and, according to Plutarch, carried away its treasures on 20,000 mules and 5,000 camels.

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