Fars – The Place of Origin of Ancient Persia

Fars Province, better known in the West as Persia, is the state that was once the homeland of the glorious Persian civilization, making it one of the richest parts of the wider region for unparalleled cultural heritage. The main highlights include:

Pasargadae – the first capital of Persia (World Heritage Site) The first capital of Ancient Persia and the resting place of Cyrus the Great.

Persepolis – the jewel of ancient Persia (World Heritage Site) the spectacular ruins that testify to the grandeur that was Persia.

The pre-Islamic remains in this part of Iran embodies the political, historical, cultural and artistic developments of the Sassanid period known as The Ensemble of Historical Sassanid Cities (Prospective World Heritage Site).

Tomb of Cyrus the Great Tomb of Cyrus the Great a sanctuary which held Cyrus' gilded sarcophagus with dignity, and simplicity. Guardian relief  Guardian relief a four-winged guardian figure wearing an Egyptian crown, Elamite dress and Assyrian wings.
Palace P  Palace P Cyrus’ private garden pavilion, described as the earliest example of Persian paradise gardens. Palace S  Palace S white stone columns, black capitals and column bases, combined in one harmonious design.
Prison of Solomon  Prison of Solomon a rectangular stone tower possibly a temporary tomb, a fire temple, a Royal treasury. Tall-e Takht Citadel  Tall-e Takht Citadel a huge platform possibly intended as a fortified plinth to hold palaces and temples.
Apadana Palace  Apadana Palace the earliest and the grandest of all palaces of Persepolis. Eastern Staircase Eastern Staircase Staircase shows the delegations from subject nations bearing tribute to the Persian king.
Tachara  Tachara or the Winter Palace, with imaginary creatures in battle with the king. Hadish  Hadish or the Palace of Xerxes, three times the size of that of Darius's with a similar setting.
Gate of all Lands Gate of all Lands allowed delegates to rest and wait their turn for audience with the king. Throne Hall  Throne Hall or the Palace of One Hundred Columns, the largest covered area in Persepolis.
Naqsh-e Rostam  Naqsh-e Rostam with four Achaemenid tombs, some Sassanid rock-relief panels, and an Elamite bas-relief. Naqsh-e Rajab  Naqsh-e Rajab four very well-preserved Sassanid bas-relief panels within a small ensemble.
Bishapur  Bishapur an interesting Sassanid complex of a central chamber, a courtyard, a temple, and six rock carvings commemorating Shapur’s victories over the Romans. Sarvestan Palace  Sarvestan Palace an architecturally unique 5th century AD palace, with a central courtyard, three ivans, a vast square based dome chamber, and long narrow rooms.
Palace of Ardashir  Palace of Ardashir a captivating historical structure with two intact typically Iranian domes, porticos and a natural reflecting pool enhancing its elegance. Qaleh Dukhtar  Qaleh Dukhtar Fortress Palace an architecturally ingenious fortress standing on top of a mountain, on three levels with a spiral ramp leading to the courtyard.