UNESCO World Heritage-listed Persepolis

UNESCO World Heritage-listed Persepolis

Sacked by Alexander the Great in 330 BC, Persepolis is nowadays a site that ranks among the world’s finest ancient structures. The names alone of the different parts of the ruins are instantly evocative and give a flavour of the complex’s grandeur, and the importance of Persepolis to central Asia in its Achaemenid heyday: the Palace of 100 Columns, the Gate of all Nations, Xerxes’ Hall of Audience. For that envy-inducing holiday snap, get to the Grand Stairway in the late afternoon light: the shallow steps made for graceful gliding, the stone turns golden as the sun dips, and the spectacular columns form a perfect backdrop.

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