Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Persian empire. Built around 500 BC, it is where the Persian kings and emperors were crowned, foreign dignitaries were entertained and Persian new year was celebrated. It became one of the most beautiful capitals of its time and the envy of many empires to come. Unfortunately, it was partly destroyed be Alexander the Great about 200 years after it was built. Today, it rivals the ruins of the Acropolis of Athens and the forum Romanum in Rome. This is a must see for anyone visiting Iran or with an interest in classical history. Enjoy the photos….