Best Places on a Day Trip Out of Shiraz
- ThemeArchitecture/ Museum/ UNESCO Heritage
- Duration5 hr(s)
- Best TimeSPRING | AUTUMN
Exploring remains from the capital of Achaemenid Empire built in 518 B.C.;
Watching the ancient necropolis including four rock-tombs of Achaemenid kings, a cubic building known as Kaʿbeh Zardosht, and 9 Sassanid rock reliefs;
Wandering in the remains from the first capital of Achaemenid Empire founded by Cyrus the Great in the 6th century B.C.
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Over the Footsteps of the Achaemenid Empires
Iran or Persia? Finding the answer will take you on a journey to the deepest pages of the history of this country, which are best manifested by the ruins of the places and cities found out of Shiraz. 50 kilometers from Shiraz, in Marvdasht, you can have a glimpse at true ancient glory and majesty in the ruins of Persepolis. It was specifically constructed to house official meetings, and the national religious traditions of Nowruz. Persepolis, the magnificent showcase of Achaemenids, was founded in 518 BC by Darius the Great. Next on this route is the ancient capital city called Pasargadae. Pasargadae was built in 546 BC, on the land that is considered as the homeland of Cyrus the Great and his ancestors. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site filled with the ruins of architecturally notable structures and is famous for housing the Mausoleum of Cyrus. Approaching Pasargadae, the first building coming to sight is the solemnly standing mausoleum, composed of a high plinth and a tomb-chamber, all in blocks of white calcareous stone.
Duration : 2 hr(s)
Point Type: STARTING
Among the Aryan tribes who migrated to the Iranian Plateau, Persians came to Anzan and Pasargadae about three thousand years ago. Building up the first world empire in history, the Achaemenes founded their capital in Pasargadae. Their territory was so vast that they had three political-administrative capitals in Babylon, Susa and Hamedan and two ceremonial capitals in Pasargadae and Parse. Parse is the authentic name of the archeological city known as a...
Duration : 1 hr(s)
Point Type: STOP OVER
The iconic necropolis of Naqsh-e Rostam is the museum of spectacular reliefs and rock tombs from Elamite to Sassanid periods. Mostly known as the burial place of the Achaemenid kings, it is located about 6 kilometers north west of Persepolis. It comprises four rock tombs of the Achaemenid kings and their families, a cube-shaped building called Ka’beh Zartosht, and seven reliefs from the Sassanid times. Follow the list of attractions in this must-see site near 51 MIN(S) BY DRIVING
Duration : 2 hr(s)
Point Type: ENDING
It was Cyrus, the king of all kings, who founded the first capital of the Achaemenids, and also the Persian Empire, in 550 B.C. As Cyrus, the king of Anshan, defeated the Medes and began occupying and adding lands to his kingdom, the Pasargadae was built as the governing center of this newly rising power. It was built not only as an example of architectural innovations, but also as a receptacle of the art and culture of all those nations who were becoming subjected to the power of the Achaemenids.
- Persepolis28 €
- Naqsh-e Rustam3 €
- Pasargadae 28 €
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If you want to go there without a driver guide, you can access to Persepolis both by taxi or mini-bus from Shiraz (Shahid Karandish Terminal)
If you have enough time, first visit the nearest site to Persepolis, Naqsh-e Rajab (the Heritage Site containing four bas reliefs from the Sassanid period), and then head to the ancient Necropolis of Naqsh-e Rostam
To access to the Naqsh-e Rostam, you are able to take a taxi at the Persepolis gate for a reasonable price.