Place: Shiraz, Fars Province
Persepolis complex was founded by Dariush the First in 518 B.C. as the ritual-religious capital of Achaemenid Empire. It was built on an immense half-artificial, half-natural terrace, where the king of kings created an impressive palace complex inspired by Mesopotamian models. The importance and quality of the monumental ruins make it a unique archaeological site. Apadana Palace, 100 columns Palace, and audience Hall are well-known parts of Persepolis.