Day 1
Persepolis

Bas-relief figures and decorations told some of the stories of its rise and fall. A fascinating day!

DAY 1 of the tour
Shiraz, Persepolis

Bas-relief figures and decorations told some of the stories of its rise and fall. A fascinating day!

A 65 km drive north took us to the famous ruins of Pensepolis. See guide book for details of its origins. Sacked by Alexander the Great, who set fire to it. Our lovely guide gave us excellent succinct explanations as we walked through the site. Bas-relief figures and decorations told some of the stories of its rise and fall. A fascinating day.
After several hours here, we had a sumptuous lunch in a restaurant at Persepolis, before driving a short distance to Necropolis.
Here were royal tombs carved into the rocky cliff faces. Darius I, as well as Xerxes and Artaxerxes, plus a couple of others. Even though intended as impregnable, various conquerors succeeded in opening the sealed doors looting the contents. Hoe the photos of theses give a sense of their impact.
On the return to Shiraz we stopped at the Koran Grate – a creamy white arched and decorated gate symbolising an entrance into the city. Blessed by the Koran. A copy of the Koran was put onto the very top, (Not there now).
Then once in Shiraz, we visited Sa’adi’s tomb and gardens. Just magnificent. this poet widely revered throughout Iran .
Following that, we visited – Hafez’s mausoleum, even more beautiful. We were there as the evening grew dark, the lights (including floodlights) came on, giving the whole mausoleum complex a colourful glow.

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