Naqsh-e Rajab 2017-04-08
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)