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Naqsh-e Rajab 2017-04-08

Naqsh-e Rajab

Naqsh-e Rajab is an archaeological site just west of Istakhr and about 5 km north of Perspolis in Fars Province, Iran.

Darius the great decided to buried in a tomb cut on a high cliff near Perspolis, the new capital of the Achaemenid Empire he had founded.

Three of his successors, most likely his son Xerxes, Artaxerxes I and Darius II, decided to have similar tombs at the same site.

Together with Naqsh-e Rustam, which lies 2.5 km away, the site is part of the Marvdasht cultural complex.

Naqsh-e Rajab is the site of four limestone rockface inscriptions and rock cut bas-reliefs that dates to the early Sassanid era.

One – Investiture inscription of Ardashir I (the founder of the dynasty)

Seceond – Investiture inscription of Ardeshir successor, Shapur I.

Third – Bas-relief of “Shapur’s Parade” (celebrates the king’s military victory in 2004 over the Roman emperor valerian and Philip the Arab).

Fourth – Bas-relief and inscription of Kartir (high priest under Shapur I and his sons Hormozid I)


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