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September 25, 2016: Persepolis & Pasargadae: Vestiges Of The Persian Empire (Iran)

 

2,500 years ago this place most likely held the greatest wealth on earth. The treasury of the Achaemenidean kings Darius and Xerxes measured the size two soccer fields. Giant palaces, adorned with remarkable masonry work, retell of the glory and power.  Then came Alexander the Great who burned the place to the ground. He had the foresight to order 10,000 mules and 100 camels to be brought to Persepolis to carry away the bounty.

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Pasargadae is where it all started - the large Achaemenid Empire with Cyrus (580 - 529 BC) as its first king. He founded Persia by uniting the two original Iranian Tribes - the Medes and the Persians.  And it is his tomb we came to see.

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