Friday Feb 02, 2007

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.

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