The ancient city of Persepolis is among the world’s greatest archaeological sites, the remains date all the way back to 515BC.
This makes the ruins soon to be 2,600 years old, and although only a small fraction of the structure remains you can still easily understand what a magnificent city it must have been in its glory days.
These days the closest modern city is Shiraz, famous in Iran as the home of poets, but more famous in the west is the origin of the world famous grape that’s used in wine, the Syrah Grape.
These days wine and alcohol are strictly forbidden in Iran, but the grape is still abundant.
Shiraz is located about 60km south-west of Persepolis and is most likely the city you will stay in when doing a day trip to the ruins.
There are many tour operators and every hotel/guesthouse will offer day trips to Persepolis from Shiraz.
It is not necessary to take a guided tour, it´s a lot cheaper to hire a local driver. I found a driver outside the fort in the middle of the city.
The drive to the ruins took approximately forty minutes.
Before entering the ruins can you are offered to watch an information video about the excavation and archaeology work that has been done in the area over the years.
Gates of All Nations was built by Xerxes (518–465 BC) he was known as”ruler over heroes”. Lately, he has become famous again from the Hollywood movies 300. Note of course that the movies are far from historically accurate.
Additional Information about Persepolis.
First of all, remember to bring a hat and put on suncream. Few places on earth have I encountered such a strong sun as here.
From January 2016, all government-administered sights (mausoleums, Persepolis, most gardens, …) apply a fee of 20 00 Tomans for foreigners vs 3000 Tomans locals.
32.000 = 1$
Is it worth it?
I’m normally not a fan of old ruins, they all look the same for me now, but I really enjoyed my visit to Persepolis. The Iranian government has done an excellent job preserving the place. 8/10.