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Persepolis!

Today we visited the site that we have all been looking forward to, Persepolis. Persepolis was a capital of the Persian Empire from about 515 B. C. To 330 B. C., when it was destroyed by Alexander the Great.

Upon arriving at Persepolis, one is met with a huge double staircase leading to the remains of the Gate of All Nations. The remains of this Gate includes 4 enormous statues of bulls with the heads of bearded men. Following this, one comes to the Hundred-Column Hall, a massive structure that included 10 x 10 rows of columns supporting a wooden roof. Capitals on the columns were carved in the form of various animals and these, in turn, supported the huge ceiling beams.

Next, we came to the grand staircase leading to the Apadana, or audience hall. This staircase is covered in carved reliefs showing representatives of the nations from across the empire in their traditional dress bearing tribute to the king.

After touring the site, we rented virtual reality goggles and toured it a second time. It was staggering to visualize the size of the complex in its original state, and in its original brilliant colours.

We next drove to Nashqt-e Rostam, site of 4 large rock-cut tombs of Persian kings.

Returning to Shiraz, we went for dinner at the home of a young Iranian couple, friends of our guide, Amin. The couple had prepared for us a meal of traditional Iranian dishes. They also shared with us details of their lives as a young married couple. They explained the lengthy process by which a young couple obtain approval of their families to marry. Given the very close nature of families in Iran, this process now makes imminent sense to us.

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Posted by Jimpat 00:25

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