About ‘Persepolis’


What does Persepolis mean and where does it come from?

Persepolis is the Greek name (from perses polis for ‘Persian City’) for the ancient city of Parsa, located seventy miles northeast of Shiraz in present-day Iran. The great city of Persepolis was built in terraces up from the river Pulwar to rise on a larger terrace of over 125,000 square feet, with its east side leaning on and partly cut out of the Mountain Kuh-e Rahmet. The other three sides were formed by retaining walls, which vary in height with the slope of the ground. Rising from 5–13 metres on the west side was a double stair. To create the level terrace, depressions were filled with soil and heavy rocks, which were joined together with metal clips; upon this ground the first palace at Persepolis slowly grew.

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