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Naqsh-e Rostam

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Tombs in Naqsh-e Rostam

Site dates back Achaemenian times as it is considered for four tombs belonging to Achaemenid kings are carved out of the rock face. They are all at a considerable height above the ground. What to see when visiting Nasgh-e rostam (Necropolis): One of the tombs is explicitly identified by an accompanying inscription to be the tomb of Darius I the Great (522-486 BC). The other three tombs are believed to be those of Xerxes I (486-465 BC), Artaxerxes I (465-424 BC), and Darius II (423-404 BC) respectively. A fifth unfinished one might be that of Artaxerxes III, who reigned at the longest two years, but is more likely that of Darius III (336-330 BC), last of the Achaemenid dynasts.

necropolis the naghsh e rostam

Sassanid bas-reliefs in Naghsh-e Rostam: Separate from the Achaemenian Necropolis we see seven oversized rock reliefs at Naqsh-e Rustam depict monarchs of the Sassanid period which was added later in Sassanid Empire (the last Pre-Islamic Persian Empire ruled

1) The investiture relief of Ardashir I (r. 226-242)

2) The triumph of Shapur I (r. 241-272)

3) The “grandee” relief of Bahram II (r. 276-293)

4) The two equestrian reliefs of Bahram II (r. 276-293)

5) The investiture of Narseh (r. 293-303)

6) The equestrian relief of Hormizd II (r. 303-309)

How to Visit Naghsh-e Rostam (The Necropolis): the site of Naghsh-e Rostam located about just few K.M from Persepolis and Naqsh-e Rustam lies a few hundred meters from Naqsh-e Rajab, So, Persepolis, Naghsh-e Rostam(the Necropolis) and Naghsh-e Rajab can be visited one by one as day excursions tours from Shiraz. There are no public transportations from Persepolis to Naghsh-e Rostam and Naghsh-e Rajab and you should ask your taxi to include your visit to Naghsh-e rostam (The necropolis) and Naghsh-e Rajab.

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