geographical name \pər-ˈse-pə-lis\

Definition of PERSEPOLIS

city of ancient Persia; site in SW Iran NE of Shiraz


   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Ancient Persian city, northeast of modern Shiraz, Iran. It was built in a remote and mountainous area during the reign of Darius I, who made it the capital of Persia, replacing Pasargadae. In 330 BCE Alexander the Great plundered the city and burned the palace of Xerxes I. The city's ruins cover an extensive area and comprise a number of colossal buildings, including palaces of early Persian kings, a great staircase, an audience hall, and a treasury. In 1979 the ruins were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.


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