Shiraz Tourist Attractions : Naghsh-e-Rostam

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NAGHSH E

RUSTAM

Attraction Type Ancient City
Chronology 6th-3rd Centuries BC
Historic Era

Achaemenian
&
Sassanian

Closed on -
 Visiting Hours 08:30-17:00
 Entrance Fee 5,000 Rials


Not far from Persepolis, there is a necropolis called naghsh-e-rostam (Rustam's Relief : in Persian literature super-sized things are related to Rustam, an epic champion.)

Here you see 4 giant tombs in a magnificent rock. The toms belong to Darius I, Artaxerxes I, Xerxes I, and Darius II who have been all Achaemenian kings.

The tomb openings are in shape of crosses, each cross shaped above is over 75 feet high and 60 feet wide.

Eight stone carvings from Sassanian dynasty below the achaemenian tombs showing conquests of kings; believed was created to celebrate the victory of Sassanian king, over the Romanian invader, Valerian.

A 25 ft high victory carving shows Roman leaders Valerian and
Philip the Arab abase themselves before their conquerer Shapur I in 260 A.D.

There used to be a ladder which visitors could climb up to the tombs but is no longer available. The size of these are incredible!

There is also a building standing in front of these tombs, Ka' be Zardusht (Kabba of Zoroaster), assumed to be a Zoroastrian fire temple from Achaemenian Period.


Address : 70 km. northeast of Shiraz
 


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