Persepolis; the ancient city of Parsa, is located seventy miles northeast of Shiraz in present-day Iran. The name Parsa meant ‘City of The Persians’ and construction began at the site in 518 B.C under the rule of King Darius the Great. Darius made Parsa the new capital of the Persian Empire, instead of Pasargadae, the old capital and burial place of King Cyrus the Great. It later was destroyed by fire and looted by Alexander the Great. The fire, which consumed Persepolis so completely that only the columns, stairways and doorways remained of the great palace, also destroyed the great religious works of the Persians written on “prepared cow-skins in gold ink” as well as their works of art.
When I arrived I was truly speechless. I had butterflies in my stomach. The magnificent ruins of Persepolis was breath-taking. The outstanding architecture and mere creation of this city, the palaces, everything really just put me in a state of aw… It blows your mind. It really makes you realize how old the world is and to try and comprehend where we all began.