Sunday, June 06, 2021

Persepolis is now open to the public

TOURISM: Persepolis: once awe-inspiring gateway opens to public after millennia (Tehran Times).
Named Tall-e Ajori, the archaeological site and its surroundings, which has been subject to archaeological work over the past decade, was officially inaugurated as an open-air museum by the visiting Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Minister on Monday.

According to local experts, tours of Persepolis can start from Tall-e Ajor to have a more detailed introduction of the Iranian culture of the time, allowing tourists and researchers to see the art of the Achaemenids from another angle.

The gateway is made of brick and clay materials and the whole exterior has been decorated with painted bricks. The lower parts and the plinth of the walls are decorated with [themes of] lotus flowers, the body, and facade of the walls are embellished with various colored panels of mythical animals, symbols, and belief symbols of ancient Iranians, Elamites, and Mesopotamians.


For background on the ancient Iranian city of Persepolis and why it is of interest to PaleoJudaica, see here (with photos at the link) and here (cf. here) and many links .

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