studies on archaeological maps show that the
Persepolis was established by command of Darius to
supervise and administer the commercial traffic of
Persian Gulf with the two roads of Silk and Spice.
“The maps of ancient Iran depict that the
aquatic route of Silk Road (which stretched from
India to Europe) passed Oman Sea and the Persian
Gulf to reach Boushehr, south of Iran. From there,
the land road continued to Persepolis,” said
Abdolazim Amir Shahkarami, an expert in structures
“The studies reveals that Persepolis was
established in its current location to administer
and control the commercial traffics of Spice Road
which led to the Silk Road, passing Rey, a town
near Tehran,” he added.
The location of Persepolis on the highest region
of Zagros Mountains is a proof to the hypothesis.
The elevation enabled Persepolis to overlook both
roads and administer the traffic through two
centers in Rey and Boushehr.
These strategies made the roads one of the safest
in their own kind. For the best and safest way
from Boushehr to central Iran, one should have
ridden through Persepolis region.
Persepolis ruins are one of Iran’s legacies
registered on World Heritage List of UNESCO. The
complex dates back to the Achaemenid era,
remaining today as a symbol of their unique
administration and life.