Susa, Terrace

Susa (Elamitic, BabylonianŠušim; Greek τὰ Σοῦσα): capital of Elam, favorite residence of the Persian king Darius I the Great.

Bricks of the southern wall

Like the Achaemenid palaces of Persepolis and Dascylium, the palace of Susa was built on an impressive terrace, more or less square, with natural slopes to the north and south. In the east and south, a deep ditch was added, which may, in the winter and spring, have held some water.

On several places, one can recognize the immense terrace walls. The best preserved part is east of the Apadana.