Persopolis, the Takht-e Jamshid

Last night, I uploaded to Flickr a few dozen photographs of a 2003 visit to Persopolis, near Shiraz, Iran. A friend saw the photos, liked them and noted that he did not know that Persopolis existed. Hence, this entry.

The Persians have called the place Takht-e Jamshid (the capital of Jamshid). Persopolis is the Greek name. Some may be surprised but the remains of Persopolis do actually exist even though the city was burnt down by an invading Alexander more than 2000 years ago. Google maps satellite photo of the site gives an outline of the capital's plan. Farzin Rezaian has produced a documentary reconstruction of Persoplis. It provides a thorough historical background to Takht-e Jamshid as the capital of the Persian Empire.

You can access the photo set directly or view it as a slide show here.

To learn how to embed Flickr slide shows, consult Paul Stamatiou.

Comments:

Great photos, especially when you have touched the ground. i seem to recall that some may have been rich pigment coloured. Skilled artisians transend milliniums.

Posted by GerwingR on February 02, 2007 at 04:07 PM PST #

Yes, but very little of pigments remain, only on some parts of a wall, I believe, which might be in some foreign museum.

The documentary I cite above does reconstruct Persopolis in animation, including the color pigments.

Posted by M. Mortazavi on February 03, 2007 at 05:48 AM PST #

Thanks, Max. Very wonderful. I just got that "Persepolis" must literally mean "place of the Persians" in Greek.

Posted by David Van Couvering on February 05, 2007 at 01:49 PM PST #

Thanks for the visit ... Yes.

Roughly: Pers = Persia. Polis = City.

Posted by M. Mortazavi on February 05, 2007 at 02:01 PM PST #

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