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But Raining in Persepolis


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Monday 14-12-64

Because of heavy snowfalls between Teheran and Isfahan, the bus was late in arriving, and we sat around the bus station from 10.30pm until 3am. It finally arrived and we left, in none too good a mood. The wait was only broken by continuous and sometimes violent argument between some passengers and company officials, God knows over what. We only managed a very broken sleep aboard the bus and were dropped off at Persepolis, in drizzling rain, at 10am in the morning. Persepolis, the first old ruins of its type we have met, and I expect some of the best. The ruins lie on a huge elevated terrace at the foot of a mountain (the Mountain of Mercy), and look out over a wide plain. The cloud cover was very low, and the general scene under the bleak sky was very atmospheric. Fortunately, the rain held off for most of the time we were there and we were able to wander around the ruins for a few hours.

Persepolis

Persepolis


I was trying to remember some of my archaeology, but could only summon the fact that stories run through the sculptured reliefs.

Relief wall

Relief wall


I found interest enough in these, however, and the realization that the great kings of ancient Persia had lived in this city, walked up these steps, and entertained and slept in these halls, and that the city had been conquered, looted and destroyed by Alexander the Great. If one had sufficient knowledge of the times, one could spend weeks examining these ruins, but a few hours was sufficient for me.

Cold and Wet at Persepolis

Cold and Wet at Persepolis


We picked up the afternoon bus to Shiraz, 40 miles further on, and just another town. Checked into a hotel and then tried to have our expired visas extended. ‘Farad’ – tomorrow. Tomorrow at 5am we are going to Abadan, so we let our visas go. I hope we don’t have any trouble at the border.

Posted by Ozac 20:35 Archived in Iran Tagged persepolis

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