Persepolis (”City of Persians“) is located is south-central Iran.

It was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550–330 BC), and its extensive archeological remains exemplifies the Achaemenid style of architecture. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Persepolis’s ensemble of majestic approaches, monumental stairways, throne rooms, reception rooms and annex buildings is considered among the world’s greatest archaeological sites

The city of Shiraz, about 43 miles (70 km) southwest of Persepolis, is a good base camp for exploring the area, and its own treasure trove of Persian culture.

Overall Atmosphere: Cultural
A Cultural Atmosphere includes both the historic (eg, landmark town centers) and the contemporary (music, nightlife, etc).

Cultural Interests tend to be:
(a) indoors-oriented, and therefore not as linked to weather conditions for enjoyment
(b) relatively physically accessible, while also not being physically demanding.
Featuring mainly indoors-oriented historical or contemporary attractions.

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Ancient Tombs

Persepolis is known for its tombs to important artists. These include:

Hafez Tomb. Dedicated to the great master of Persian lyric poetry and literary giant of the 14th century in the west and central Asia. Hafez was born in nearby Shiraz, lived all his life here, sang its praises in verse. A flight of stone steps reaches to the tomb under a tiled cupola resembling a dervish’s hat.

Saadi Tomb. Here lie the earthly remains of another of Iran’s greatest poets. From the very early days after the poet’s death, the mausoleum of Sa’di has been a place of pilgrimage to lovers of poetry and literature. The porch with its tall columns of pinkish marble is a traditional feature of Iranian architecture.

Shah-e Cheragh Tomb. This tomb is known for its beautiful silver doors and the exquisite mirror work, the handicraft of both old and contemporary artists of Shiraz.
Archeological Sites

City gates (Dar vazeh Quran)

This is the city's main entrance. The original gate was built as an ornamental decoration by the Buwayhid dynasty about 1000 years ago. It was replaced 60 years ago by a new gate that has been well-received. From the the gate walk up the stone stairways to enjoy panoramic views of Shiraz. The tomb of Khajooyeh Kermanee, a famous poet is also located here.
Parks, Gardens, Zoos
Afif abad Garden (Bagh-e-afifabad). This is a garden and houses owned by the Ghavami family. It contains a former royal mansion, a historical weapons museum, and a Persian garden that is one of the oldest gardens in Shiraz, all open to the public.

Eram Garden (Bagh-e-eram). This stunningly beautiful complex contains a vast network of gardens, as well as a colorful palace and a system of small artificial rivers flowing throughout the little canals' intricate system.

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