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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 6th cent.BC
Date of Inscription: 2004
Location: Middle East, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Pars Province
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Description: Cyrus II, the Great, founded Pasargadae in the 6th century BC in Pars (homeland of the Persians), which became the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire. Not only outstanding examples of the first phase of royal Achaemenid art and architecture, the site’s palaces, gardens, and the mausoleum of Cyrus are also exceptional testimonies of Persian civilization. The 160-ha site encompasses some exceptionally noteworthy vestiges: the Mausoleum of Cyrus II; the fortified terrace of Tall-e Takht; and a royal ensemble composed of a gatehouse, audience hall, residential palace, and gardens. Western Asia’s first great multicultural empire enjoyed Pasargadae as its capital. Straddling the Eastern Mediterranean and Egypt (to the Hindus River), it is believed to be the first empire that valued the cultural diversity of its population. This was indicated in Achaemenid architecture, which showcased a synthetic illustration of different cultures. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  Pasargadae was a city in ancient Persia, and is today an archaeological site and one of Iran's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. According to the Elamite cuneiform of the Persepolis fortification tablets the name was rendered as Batrakataš, and the name in current usage derives from a Greek transliteration of an Old Persian Pâthragâda toponym of still-uncertain meaning. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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