For years when I heard about Iran I had Persepolis images in front of my eyes. This is probably the most known tourist attraction in this incredible country, the one that even people not interested in the area know about. And so when I planed my trip to Iran obviously I included a journey all the way south to see Persepolis and its greatness too.
The oldest remains of Persepolis date back to the year 515 BC. It’s been the capital of Achaemenid Empire, one of the biggest of that period, and considered the greatest city in the world. After reading the history of Persepolis my expectations were really big. I’m not a big fan of ancient ruined cities but truly enjoyed Petra and Jerash in Jordan so I secretly knew I’ll also like Persepolis. Well, as it turned out I was wrong…
After walking for hours around the ruins in Jordan I prepared myself for the similar experience in Persepolis, I equipped myself with comfortable shoes and a bottle of water and was more than ready to explore the place. To my great surprise the site was pretty small! It took me one hour to (very) slowly wander around every possible spot and climb up to the tombs, to carefully check every single decoration of camels, lions or people and to reflect at the great past and big fall of the city.
Nevertheless I found Persepolis a spectacular place, the one where my imagination could have drifted away and think about the magnificent times where the city was at its best. If you visit it with the open mind you’d really enjoy the ruins, otherwise you’d think it’s just a pile of stones and nothing more. I made the mistake of comparing Persepolis to the places I’ve visited in Jordan and therefore expecting something similar. That’s why I found the place pretty disappointing and not worth all the hype. Now, when I think back to my visit there I have more warmer feelings for it and can see why it is a highlight of Iran.
Now let me show you few Persepolis images so you can do your own judgement of the place!
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