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Persepolis


The Stairs of All Nations. Photo Marco Prins. Persepolis (Old Persian Pârsa, modern Takht-e Jamshid): Greek name of one of the capitals of the ancient Achaemenid empire, founded by the great king Darius (522-486 BCE). There were several satellite sites, like Naqš-i Rustam and Takht-e Rostam.
  
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The construction of the large Stairs of All Nations in Persepolis was ordered by king Xerxes (486-465), the son and successor of the founder of the city, Darius I the Great. Originally, the main access had been in the south; now, one had to ascend to the terrace from the west.

The individual stairs are very low. Perhaps this was to enable horsemen to climb to the terrace, but another, more likely explanation is that it was because you were forced to walk upright. The first building one encountered upstairs, was the Gate of All Nations. It inspired the Parthian architects of the sanctuary in Konkobar.
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The Stairs of All Nations. Photo Marco Prins. The Stairs of All Nations. Photo Marco Prins.
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