Takht - e Jamshid or as the Greeks
called it, Persepolis, is a ruined capital of the ancient Iran, about 60 Kms
north-east of Shiraz. It is one of the greatest artistic legacies of the
ancient world, founded by Darius I (550 - 486 B.C. ),an Achaemenid king, in
518 B.C. He intended to build a capital in his homeland unique throughout
history. he decided to found the capital on the slope of a mountain now
called Rahmat, located in the Marvdasht plain, regarded as a holy place by
him.Takht - e-Jamshid was completed by Xerxes and Artaxerxes I who ruled
Iran from 486 to 465 B.C. and from 465 to 425 respectively.
The palaces were used by the
Achaemenid kings up until they were destroyed by Alexander in 330 B.C.