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Naqsh-e Rostam 2017-04-13

Naqsh-e Rustam

Naqsh-e Rustam is an ancient necropolis located about 12km northwest of Perspolis, in Fars Province, Iran.

In Naghsh-e Rostam we can see four tombs and one building from Achaemenid dynasty with a group of ancient Iranian rock reliefs cut into the cliff, from Sassanid dynasty; the last important relief is from Elam dynasty and it dates back to 1000 BC.

Well below the Achaemenid tombs, near ground level, are rock reliefs with large figures of Sassanian kings, some meeting gods, other in combat. The most famous shows the Sassanian king Shapur I on horseback, with the Roman Emperor Valerian bowing to him in submission, and philip the Arab holding Shapur’s horse, while the dead Emperor Gordian III, killed in battle.

Monuments list:

– Achaemenid tombs (Tombs of four achaemenid kings)

Darius I

Xerxes I

Artaxerxes I

Darius II

– Ka’ba-ye Zatosht (Cube of Zoroaster)

– Sassanid reliefs

Investiture relief of Ardashir I.

Triumph of Shapur I.

“Grandee” relief of Bahram II.

Two equestrian reliefs of Bahram II

Investiture of Naresh

Equestrian relief of Hormozid II


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