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Susa: Terrace



Eastern terrace wall
Susa (Elamitic, Babylonian: Šušim; Greek τὰ Σοῦσα): capital of Elam, favorite residence of the Persian king Darius I the Great.
 
 
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Like the Achaemenid palaces of Persepolis, Ecbatana, and Dascylium, the palace of Susawas built on an impressive terrace, more or less square. It was probably surrounded by a deep ditch, filled with water from the nearby river Shaour.

On several places, one can recognize the immense terrace walls. The best preserved part is east of the Apadana.
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The southern terrace wall. Photo Marco Prins. Southeastern edge of the terrace. Photo Marco Prins. Bricks belonging to the terrace wall. Photo Marco Prins. Western edge of the terrace. Photo Marco Prins.
The southern terrace wall Southeastern corner Bricks belonging to the terrace wall Western edge of the terrace

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