Shiraz Tourist Attractions : Pasargadae

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PASARGADAE

Attraction Type Ancient City
Chronology 6th Century BC
Historic Era Achaemenian
Closed on -
 Visiting Hours 08:30-17:00
 Entrance Fee 5,000 Rials


Registered as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Under the name of Cyrus the Great, 599-530 BC, a Persian who founded the Achaemenid empire and ruled it from 549 to 530 BC. He formed a lasting union of the Persians and the Medes. The entire plateau fell under the sway of the Achaemenid Empire (c.550 BC-330 BC), which eventually stretched from the Mediterranean sea to India and into Africa.

After Cyrus's death (529 BC), his body was placed within a limestone mausoleum built in imitation of a gabled wood house and set on a plinth composed of six very high steps. The Tomb of Cyrus, the impressive stone which was originally much taller but is still the best preserved of the remains of Pasargadae.

At Pasargadae you will also see the remains of three Achaemenian Palaces, known as Throne of the Mother of Solomon, Prison of Solomon and two stone plinths within a sacred area.

This area was the first capital of Achaemenian empire and covers 1.6 sq.km. It is locared about 87km. northeast of Persepolis.

During the Islamic conquest of Iran, the Arab armies came upon the tomb and planned to destroy it, considering it to be in direct violation of the tenets of Islam. The caretakers of the grave managed to convince the Arab command that the tomb was not built to honor Cyrus, but instead housed the mother of King Solomon, thus sparing it from destruction. As a result, the inscription in the tomb was replaced by a verse of the Qur'an, and the tomb became known as "Qabr-e Madar-e Sulaiman," or the tomb of the mother of Solomon. It is still widely known by that name  today.

Address : 130 km. northeast of Shiraz
 


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