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Pasargadae the capital of Cyrus the Great (559–530 BC) and also his last resting place, was a city in ancient Persia and is today an archaeological site and one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.Despite having ruled over much of the ancient world, Cyrus the Great would design a tomb that depicts extreme simplicity and modesty when compared to those of other ancient kings and rulers. Nash-e Rustam acts as a necropolis for the Achaemenid kings, but is a significant historical entity in that it also housed ancient Elamite relief, as well as later relief by the Sassanid kings.One of the tombs is explicitly identified by an accompanying inscription as the tomb of Darius I the Great (c. 522-486 BC). The other three tombs are believed to be those of Xerxes I (c. 486-465 BC), Artaxerxes I (c. 465-424 BC), and Darius II (c. 423-404 BC) respectively. The tombs were looted following the conquest of the Achaemenid Empire by Alexander the Great.
Tomb of Cyrus the GreatFire Temple, PasargadeaBase of Cyrus's palaceMagnificent gardens surrounded the tomb- excavated canalsAncient commoner burials inside rock facesZagros Mountain LandscapeNecropolis of Darius II, Artaxerxes I and Darius II( L-R)Tomb of Xerxes I2nd Century Sassanid Zorastian Empire Relief- Defeat of Romans

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