Gate of All Nations in Persepolis

Gate of All Nations in Persepolis
Gate of All Nations in Persepolis
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Persepolis is the great archaeological complex in Iran, a country in the Middle East where Archaeological sites abound. But without a doubt the most impressive and valuable is that of the ancient city of Persepolis.

A city founded by the great Darius I around 512 BC. C. and that he would call “City of Persia”. And from that year it would be a splendid place of the Achaemenid Empire until the arrival of the Greek Alexander the Great who would destroy it in 330 BC. C.

Gate of All Nations in Persepolis

Persepolis Gate of All Nations

Among all this set there are several elements that attract attention and without a doubt one of them is the Gate of All Nations. A portico that was built in the time of King Xerxes I, that brave ruler of the Persians who faced both the Spartans in the famous Battle of Thermopylae and the Athenians in the Battle of Salamis.

Well, that kingXerxeswanted to erect this great monument in which all the lands and peoples under his command could shelter. It is a truly spectacular place, even in ruins, and you have to imagine this door with all the solemnity of the construction, in such a way that it would really impact everyone who walked through it.

However, you can still see some huge bullswings with human heads that were the guardians of this door. Just as bas-reliefs are seen in its lower part. While on the winged lions (for some bulls) a cuneiform inscription is read in which several Persian, Babylonian and Elamite languages, the main ones of the empire, can be read, the following phrases:

In short, a whole declaration of intent about the meaning that King Xerxes wanted to give to the Gate of All Nations, who by the way is buried next to his father Darius I and other members of the Achaemenid dynasty in Naqsh e Rostam, a few kilometers from Persepolis.

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