Pasargadae a city about 90 km northeast of the modern city of Shiraz. It was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire under Cyrus the Great, who ordered its construction. Today it is an archaeological or more like ruin site and one of Iran's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A limestone tomb there is believed to be that of Cyrus the Great.

Inside homeland of Persians – Pars, Cyrus II the Great established Achaemenid Empire’s first capital – Pasargadae – in around 6th century BC. The palaces which lays in the location, gardens which were once there and the mausoleum of Cyrus which is still standing are outstanding examples of the first phase of royal Achaemenid art and architecture and exceptional testimonies of Persian civilization.

Pasargadae was the capital of the first great multicultural empire in Western Asia. Spanning the Eastern Mediterranean and Egypt to the Hindus River, it is considered to be the first empire that respected the cultural diversity of its different people. This was reflected in Achaemenid architecture, a synthetic representation of different cultures.

Helpful tips

Markets. In Pasargadae as in every other location on the world enjoyed by tourists you will have a chance to buy overpriced souvenirs. However, prices in grocery shops are similar as in all country.

Transportation. To get to Pasargadae you can use car, bus or taxi which ever you think is more convenient for you. We hitchhiked and it was super easy as it is quite a tourist attracting city and main country roads are passing this city, there is a lot of traffic.

To get around the city is best on foot or with a car, sometimes taxi might be a quick option as well. However, if you are just visiting the Cyrus grave and ancient ruins, it is best to do it on foot!

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