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Photos: Ancient Persepolis is a favorite destination for Iranians during new year holidays


Photos by Reza Ghaderi, Islamic Republic News Agency

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One of the favorite destinations for Iranians traveling during the Persian New Year Norouz holidays is the ancient ruins of Persepolis. Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid) was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550-330 BCE). Persepolis is situated 70 km northeast of the modern city of Shiraz in the Fars Province of modern Iran. In contemporary Persian, the site is known as Takht-e Jamshid (Throne of Jamshid) and Parseh. The earliest remains of Persepolis date from around 515 BCE. To the ancient Persians, the city was known as Parsa, which means "The City of Persians". (read more)

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Persepolis, Iran 1976
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