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Naqshe Rostam
Iran

Naqsh-e Rostam is an archaeological site located about 12 km northwest of Persepolis, in the Fars province, and lies a few hundred meters from Naqsh-e Rajab.

Four tombs belonging to the Achaemenid kings are carved out of the rock face. They are all at a considerable height above the ground.
The tombs are known locally as the 'Persian crosses', after the shape of the facades of the tombs.
One of the tombs is explicitly identified by an accompanying inscription to be the tomb of Darius I (r. 522-486 BCE). The other three tombs are believed to be those of Xerxes I (r. 486-465 BCE), Artaxerxes I (r. 465-424 BCE), and Darius II (r. 423-404 BCE) respectively. A fifth unfinished one might be that of Artaxerxes III, who reigned at the longest two years, but is more likely that of Darius III (r. 336-330 BCE), last of the Achaemenid dynasts.

The tombs were looted following the conquest of the Achaemenid empire by Alexander the Great.

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Uppladdad: 30/05/2009
Uppdaterad: 06/06/2014
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