Naghsh-e-Rostam or Necropolis

Iran tourist attractions, Shiraz attractions

Naqsh-e Rustam is an impressive necropolis that stands as a reminder of the once famous and powerful Achaemenid Persian Empire, which thrived between 500 BC and 330 BC when it was defeated by Alexander the Great. 
The ancient Necropolis also refer to as naghshe Rostam, or Naghsh e Rustam it's an archaeological site located near to Persepolis, ceremonial capital of grand Persian Empire of Achaemenid dynasty near to Shiraz. Necropolis is one of the sacred ancient sites for thousands of years which were flourishing on that time containing Bas-relives belonged to different periods of ancient Persia such as Elamite, Achaemenid, Sassanid which have been carved on the mountain. Naghsh e Rustam is the last abode of Achaemenid kings, mausoleum of Darius I, Xerxes, Artaxerxes and Darius II. 

 
 Naghshe Rostam


In addition, one of these tombs is accompanying with an inscription, known as autobiography. Another building, Cube of Zoroaster is an enigmatic structure lasted from Achaemenid era. Later these ancient tombs attracted Sassanian kinds as well. They wished to imitate the glory of Achaemenian kings; maybe this is the reason why the there are some Sassanid bas-relives. The immense rock reliefs are depicted commemorating of Sassanians victories over their enemies, their coronations, equestrian fights, … are carved out of the rock mountain. It is so interesting for tourist to know, according to Zoroastrians ritual faith, they shouldn't put their corps underground, and they used to bury their corpse in some structures.

 
 Naqshe Rostam
 

What is the best time to go?
The climate of Shiraz is fundamentally warm. We suggest that you travel to Shiraz in April and May to enjoy both the pleasant weather of spring and the historical monuments. Naqshe Rustam is open every day from 8 am to 7 pm, but it has a different time for official holidays.
 
Getting there?

From Shiraz to Naqsh-e Rustam is about an hour by car. You have to take yourself to the Shiraz-Persepolis road. Then after a long journey goes to the Marvdasht-Sadaat Shahr highway, then get this road around and go to Marv Dasht-Sarooie Road, after a short time, you will be in the Naqsh-e Rostam. or you can contact with Iranian Travel agency to organize Shiraz tour accompanying with Tour guide or transfer to this place.

 
 Naqsh-e rostam Shiraz

other Shiraz attractions in this vicinity:


Persepolis
Naghsh-e-Rajab
Pasargadae

 

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