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Persepolis: The magnificent palace complex at Persepolis was founded by Darius the Great around 518 B.C.

A small section of the Achaemenid Palaces of Darius in Susa, Persia, constructed by Babylonian craftsmen when Babylon was part of the world's first true empire.

Another great piece posted by Ancient Persia, also from the Achaemenid Period (550-330 BC), with the figure of a bearded cow.

The Windcatchers of Persia. These structures have been used as ventilation/cooling systems for thousands of years. (via Kuriositas)

Persia, the Ancient Iran; Naqsh-e Rustam: (äÞÔ ÑÓÊã ) is an archaeological site located about 3 km northwest of Persepolis. Naqsh-e Rustam, contains seven tombs which belongs to Achaemenian kings (550-330 BC). One of those is expressly declared in its inscriptions to be the tomb of Darius I. In addition to tombs, there are also seven gigantic rock carvings in Naqsh-e Rustam, below the tombs, belonging to the Sassanid kings (224-651 AD). | ©Ali Majdfar