In Old Persian, the name is spelt Parsa, while in the New Persian, it is spelt Takht-e Jamshid or Parseh. Just a little education on the place in case you wanted to impress your friends while visiting this amazing, historical place. The word literally means “city of Persians.” Apparently people living in the Achaemenid Empire we’re so original, they called it as it was. Persepolis sits 70 km northeast of the great city of Shiraz in the Fars Province of Iran. The earliest remains of Persepolis actually date back to 515 BC. By looking at the shape and design of the buildings, we can see the specific style of architecture the Achaemenids were used to. In 1979, UNESCO declared the ruins of Persepolis a World Heritage Site.

By studying the archaeological evidence in the very early remains of Persepolis, archaeologists have discovered that the earliest remains of these buildings date back to 515 BC. In the early 1930’s French archaeologist Andre Godard began his work on excavating Persepolis. He believed that Cyrus the Great chose the site of Persepolis, but it was Darius I, or Daryush who build all of the terrance and the great palaces.

Darius further went on to order the construction of Apadana Palace and the Council Hall. He also ordered the building of the imperial treasury and all of its surroundings. Darius never got to see the completed project, but his son, King Xerxes the Great, did. Today, millions of people come to see Persepolis and awe at the sight of it. It takes people back, makes them feel small, and puts things into perspective.