am Cyrus, who founded the empire of the Persians. Grudge
me not therefore, this little earth that covers my
(CAIS) -- The Tomb of Cyrus the Great (550-530 BC),
the Father of Iranian nation and founder of the second
Iranian dynasty, the Achaemenids was surrounded again by
scaffoldings to enable the process of restoration on its
masonries to be resumed.
“These scaffoldings will remain around Cyrus the
Great’ tomb for one year to protect the structure from
rain and snow during this raining season before completion
of the project and to ensure the safety of the building
until the restoration of the stones of this ancient
monument is completed,” said Reza Rezaei, the new
director of Pasargadae historical complex.
According to Rezaei, in the past, following the
establishment of Pasargadae Research Base, scaffoldings
have been erected around Cyrus’ tomb several times, and
each time different sections of this tomb were restored.
This time, the project focuses on the ceiling of this
One of the main features of this tomb is that its entrance
doorway is constructed facing the sunset, which was due to
the fact that Cyrus loved the twilight view.
Pasargadae, located 70 km north of Persepolis, was the
oldest capital of the ancient Achaemenid empire, built by
the founder of this empire, King of Kings Cyrus the Great
(559-330 BC). It resembled a park of 2x3 km in which
several monumental buildings were to be seen.
covered an area of almost 1.5 miles in length and included
palaces, a fire-temple and the Cyrus' shrine. The city was
built on the site where he defeated (Astyages) his
grandfather, the last sovereign of Median dynasty.
historical complex along with the Tomb of Cyrus the Great
were inscribed in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites
treasures of Cyrus the Great' tomb where looted by
Macedonians when they sacked the city in In January or
February 324 BC.
to Aristobulus, one of Alexander's comrades in arms, gave
an account of their visit to the tomb, which later found
its way into the writings of the first-century-BC Greek
"The Macedonians cautiously entered the building, all of
200 years old at the time. They found themselves in the
royal burial chamber, where according to Aristobulus, they
beheld "a golden couch and table with drinking cups,
and a golden coffin."
News: 17 Sep 2004: Tomb of Cyrus the Great Will Be Restored