Nagsh-e Rostam, Persepolis

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Stand in awe at the tombs of four ancient kings of Persia, carved into the side of a mountain, at Nagsh-e Rostam. Walk around the remains of one of the oldest cities in the area, discovered in 1930 by a group of archaeologists, and admire the burial site. The only thing more impressive than the tombs themselves are the reliefs that decorate the surroundings; the oldest allegedly dates back to the beginning of the second millenium BCE. Look carefully, and you'll see carvings of faces in the mountain, still visible after all this time. Add Nagsh-e Rostam to your Persepolis travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Persepolis online trip itinerary planner .
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  • Achaemenid Royal Tomb found in the Rocky Mountains. What I said and the Valley of the Kings the Iran Edition. See the wall and dug into the cross located at the entrance of the Tomb, sarcophagus-like depending on the angle. Will 侮renakatta authority has built a mighty Empire, but they lost to Alexander in the Achaemenid and later Sassanid King Shapur I also am digging the relief nag set Rajab and this area. Sorry while you go places you cannot get inside the tomb of the atmosphere so you have time to think.
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  • You normally get to see this place as part of the Persepolis tour but it actually stands out in its own right as a serious historical site. You can see four tombs and one building from Achaemenid dyna...  more »
  • We had a standard all-day tour where we visited Persepolis - Nagshe Rostam - Pasargade. This has been the best ruin trip i have ever done. And it is very recommendable to go there with a terrific guid...  more »
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  • For Iranian, Cyrus the Great is the symbol of pure and rich history of Iran. He was one of the greatest kings ever in history of mankind, and he's also the precursors of human rights. It's amazing and unbelievable how Cyrus's tomb was built to remain for eternity. It's architecture is fabulous and beautiful. Pasargad is a must see place for those who visit Shiraz.
  • Naqsh-e Rustam is one of the most spectacular and awe-inspiring ancient sites of the Achaemenid Empire, consisting of the colossal tombs of Persian kings dating back to the first millennium BC. It stands as a lasting memory of a once powerful empire that ruled over a significant portion of the ancient world. Naqsh-e Rustam (meaning Throne of Rustam ) is located approximately 5 km (3 miles) to the northwest of Persepolis, the capital of the former Achaemenid (Persian) Empire. Engraved on the façade of a mountain range considered sacred in the Elamite periods are the rock-cut tombs of Achaemenid rulers and their families dating to the 4 th and 5 th centuries BC, as well as richly decorated reliefs carved by the Sasanians in the 3 rd century AD. In addition to being a royal necropolis, Naqsh-e Rustam became a major ceremonial center for the Sasanians until the 7 th century AD. The Naqsh-e Rustam site was already in use prior to the arrival of the Achaemenids, as evidenced in one pre-Achaemenid (possibly Elamite) relief and a number of old graves. Although this relief has been carved over by a Sasanian relief, a portrait of a man with a forward pointing hat and a long dress-like garment (clothing not typical of the Achaemenids and Sasanians) can still be discerned on the extreme right of the later relief. According to some sources, it was this figure that locals associated with the mythical hero of the Shahnameh writings in the “book of the kings”, named Rustam, hence the name of the site.
  • Also named as Necropolis, you will see 3 gigantic tombs built inside the rock. It's definitely impressive! You don't have to pay the expensive tourist entrance (200k IRR) you can see the moment from outside!
  • Naqsh-e Rustam is consist of four ancient tombs cut high into the cliff face. These ancient tombs belong to the Achaemenid Rule (500–330 BC), hence, it is quite ancient. Few Engraved pictures on the walls gives hint about important incidents. Nevertheless, this is another historical site which attracts lot of foreign tourists & local Iranians. Those who are keen of visiting tombs of Kings, Naqsh-e-Rustam is good site to be visited.
  • Very nice place to see, probably best after visiting Persepolis. Sassanid bas reliefs are very well explained, but there is little information about kings graves, which is quite a shame (especially because ticket is 200k rials for foreigners). But information gathered in Persepolis can help, tombs are very similar to those there.

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