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Naqsh-e Rajab, Persepolis

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Naqsh-e Rajab (Persian: نقش رجب‎, Persian pronunciation: [næɣʃeɾæˈdʒæb]) is an archaeological site just west of Istakhr and about 5 km north of Persepolis in Fars Province, Iran.

Together with Naqsh-e Rustam, which lies 2.5 km away, the site is part of the Marvdasht cultural complex. Together, the two sites are a tentative candidate for UNESCO World Heritage status.
Naqsh-e Rajab is the site of four limestone rockface inscriptions and rock-cut bas-reliefs that date to the early Sassanid era. One of the carvings is the investiture inscription of Ardeshir I (ruled in 226-241 CE), the founder of the dynasty. The second investiture inscription is Ardeshir's successor, Shapur I (241-272 CE). A third bas-relief, known as 'Shapur's Parade' celebrates the king's military victory in 244 over the Roman emperor Philip the Arab. A fourth bas-relief and inscription is attributed to Kartir, high priest under Shapur I and his sons Hormizd I (272-273 CE) and Bahram I (273–276 CE).

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  • These reliefs, on the way from Persepolis to Naqsh-e Rustam, depict the coronation of the Sassanian kings Shapur I and Ardashir I. They are still in reasonable condition and worth a short detour to...  more »
  • this is a nice place located not far from Persepolis, but the monuments are not so impressive, good thing is that there are not too many tourists who visit this place  more »
  • Naghse-Rajab is located in Marvdasht city and it is about 3 kilometers far from Persepolis Copmlex and about 70 kilometers far from Shiraz. There are 4 relief of Sassanied Empire there and they are so nice. Less than 100 years ago there was a coffee shop infront of this reliefs and the name of the owner of the shop was Rajab.He protected them, so the reliefs were known az Naghshe- Rajab.
  • It was about the ancient iran, im proud of my country
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