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Pano Thumbnail Ancient Persia
Persepolis and Naqsh-e Rustam are 2,500-year-old monuments built by the Achaemenid kings of ancient Persia (modern Iran).

Persepolis, known locally as Takht-e Jamshid, is the extraordinary ruin of one of the city-palaces of the Achaemenid kings, which was destroyed by Alexander of Macedon in 330 BCE. Enough remains (and has been sympathetically restored) to give a very clear feel for the immense wealth and power of this dynasty.

The tombs of the Achaemenid kings at Naqsh-e Rustam, 12 kilometres from the palace of Persepolis, are carved from a vast cliff face.
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