Pasargad Complex

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The Tomb of Cyrus, the Great

Pasargadae is an ancient dynastic Capital of Persia during Persian Achaemenian Empire with majestic mansions and structure which is called the Royal Pasargadae complex. Pasargad is the first capital of Achaemenian Empire where the tomb of Cyrus II, the Great, the first king, is also located as the gem of whole complex. Stay tuned with us in your travel to South of Iran in your shiraz Tour to visit this Shiraz attraction.

 
 Tomb of Cyrus the Great


About Pasargadae

In the south of Iran, in Fars Province, at 130 km to Shiraz in the road of Isfahan _ Shiraz, inside the fertile plain named Dasht-e Murghab, there is Pasargad beautiful monument which many ancient structures that have survived from the past and have many stories to tell. After 25 centuries and experiencing many odd events, it is still firm, glorious & shining In spite of an apparent simplicity. Today Pasargadae is one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Iran & UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Fars Province alongside Persepolis & Eram Garden. Being center of power in Achaemenid dynasty, the first glorious Capital of Great Persian kingdom with Royal architecture which was the clear example of multicultural capital in hearth of Persia in western Asia is the first reason of appear in the list of important monuments in the world. As well as building Pasargadae with astonishing "Persian Gardens" that became the prototype for Persian Gardens Architecture, makes Pasargadae to be inscribed twice by UNESCO World Heritage Organization.

 
 Pasargadae, Iran


History of Pasargadae

Cyrus the Great is the first king & founder of Achaemenid Dynasty who ruled Persia from 559 to 525 B.C.  King Cyrus II got the epithet of Cyrus the Great due to his benign policy towards his subjects. Iranians called him Father, in fact, he is one of the most popular & well-known king in the ancient world because of his justice, his great personality, & his humbleness. Cyrus King, defeated the last Medes King & his grandfather, Astiage in the place where now his complex is located. He built his Capital in a place he named it Pasargadae after the name of his own royal tribe & then started to conquer other places, expand his new dynasty which was the first unified empire of Medes & Persians & develop his Liberalism ideas & rescue the slaves of the world. he invited best architects of his nations to come to Pasargadae & built his complex. After 30 years of ruling, he passed away during the war, a horrific wound in one of his wars and he died after tolerating three days of unbearable pain in his wound. His body brought back to Pasargadae & buried there. Several years after his demise, it is said that his tomb was plundered & body of King & his wife in this grave He was disrespected & threw out of their coffins. Alexander the Great invaded Iran, setting fire the Persepolis, but after visiting Pasargadae & reading an inscription attributed to Cyrus, his warrior; Aristobolus provided the replica of objects & closed the door. During Islamic period, Pasargad became a mosque but these days you will see his mausoleum standing in a decent condition.

 
 Cyrus the Great's Tomb


Different sections of Pasargadae complex:

• Tomb of Cyrus the Great
It is the most astonishing & important part of Complex, building of 6 stepped white stones with a chamber. It is credited by Mesopotamian Ziggurat.
 

• Private Palace: Cyrus Residence
The Palace is including a central Hall with several pillars and two east and west porches. All architectural traces prove that here was used as residence Palace.

• Audience Hall
The Audience Palace was the reception palace, where the king welcomed the guests and officials of the various nations under his rule to talk about various issues. We can resemble here as the first United Nations headquarters 25 centuries ago that human rights and human beings were raised and spread to other parts of the world.
 

• Gate Palace
A single standing wall embracing a winged human is one of the first bas reliefs in the history of Achamenids which is still pleasant with stories behind.

 
 human Winged relief, Pasargad


• Tale Takht fortification

The great stone platform on hill top overlooks the complex was used to be a fortification.

• Prison of Solomon
The sole single wall which was a tower inside Pasargadae believed to be prison that Solomon Prophet put the disobeyed demons here, but now the functions of this place with different names is under investigation.

 
Achaemenid Pasargad complex 


• Mozaffary Caravansary

A caravansary was constructed to accommodate who came here to visit tomb. 

 

Best time to visit?
To visit Shiraz & attractions in this vicinity, all the seasons are perfect. But notice during Iranian high season such as Nowrouz it must be crowded.