|Persepolis [Iran, 2004]|
The best known of Iran's
ancient ruins, Persepolis was a sprawling palace complex built at the
height of the Achaemenid Empire about 2500 years ago, and razed by
Alexander the Great just 150 years later. Few buildings have been left
standing, but the reliefs - such as these on the Apadana Palace staircase
- are so crisp they could have been carved yesterday.