PASARGADAE


Begun under Cyrus the great is about 546 BC, the city of Pasargadae was quickly superseded by Darius I s magnificent palace at Persepolis. Pasargadae is about 50km north of Persepolis and some travellers have questioned whether it s worth the effort of getting there. The austere and awesomely simple tomb of Cyrus stands proudly on the Morghab plain. It consists of six stone tiers with a modest rectangular burial chamber above, and it s unique architecture combines elements of all the major civilizations Cyrus had conquered.