Naqsh-E-Rustom: The Tombs of the Emperors of Persia

The world over, the name Persepolis evokes the might and grandeur of Persian architecture, and indeed of the Persian Empire. However just north of it lies Naqsh-E-Rustom, the incredible reliefs and tombs carved into a sheer mountain cliff.

Most people have heard of the ancient city of Persepolis in Iran.  Yet just north of the metropolis of antiquity is a sheer cliff, known as Naqsh-i Rustam. Here, in the second millennium BCE, work began on a quite staggering series of rock reliefs which – even today – have the ability to awe in terms of their size and the staggering amount of work which must have been involved in their creation.

Naqsh-i Rostam 1

Image credits: Wikimedia

Check out the fantastic collection of photographs of the place on kuriositas.com