January 11, 2021
Formerly known as "Mashhad of Solomon's Mother", Pasargadae is an 11-meter-high stone building with large white boulders that has six rows of stairs and a small gable structure that has turned it into a seven-story building. It’s a 25-century-old tomb where no mortar was used between the stones and the stones were connected with metal fasteners. The seventh floor of the tomb is called the treasury. It is said that it holds the golden coffin of Cyrus the Great, containing the mummified body of the king and many jewels. Among the historical structures of this place, there is Pasargad Mosque, Pasargad Royal Garden, Gate Palace, General Bar Palace, Private Palace, Two Pavilions, Cambyses Tomb, Muzaffari Caravanserai, and the fountains of the Royal Garden.
According to Herodotus, after many conquests in 526 BC, Cyrus invaded the Scythian tribes in Central Asia and was unfortunately killed in battle with the Masaghets (an Iranian tribe and a semi-nomadic Scythian tribe in Central Asia) in Pasargad.
The ancient complex of Pasargad is a relic of the glorious Achaemenid Empire and is located in Fars province. Without a doubt, the most prominent attraction is the tomb of Cyrus the Great. Interestingly enough, the tomb was designed by Cyrus himself.
Pasargad was registered as the fifth Iranian site in the UNESCO World Heritage List in July 2004.