Naqshe Rustam is an ancient burial site, located 12 km northwest of Persepolis

Naqshe Rustam is an ancient burial site, located 12 km northwest of Persepolis

This site is famous for the royal tombs and stone reliefs - kings of Achaemenid Empire are buried at this site

This site is famous for the royal tombs and stone reliefs - kings of Achaemenid Empire are buried at this site

Tombs IV may belong (some doubts remain) to King Xerxes but most scholars agree that this is the final resting place of King Xerxes (518 BC - 465 BC)

Tombs IV may belong (some doubts remain) to King Xerxes but most scholars agree that this is the final resting place of King Xerxes (518 BC - 465 BC)

The Relief of Narseh is located close to the tomb of Darius the Great - the king, the second large figure from the right, receives the cydaris ring from a female figure

The Relief of Narseh is located close to the tomb of Darius the Great - the king, the second large figure from the right, receives the cydaris ring from a female figure

In the upper register, King Bahram II throws an enemy from his horse

In the upper register, King Bahram II throws an enemy from his horse

Lower part of the Third Relief of Bahram II -  king Bahram II (276 AD -293 AD), in the lower register, the king fights against another enemy

Lower part of the Third Relief of Bahram II - king Bahram II (276 AD -293 AD), in the lower register, the king fights against another enemy

The triumph relief of Shapur I (241-272) - depicts Shapur's victory over two Roman emperors, Valerian and Philip the Arab

The triumph relief of Shapur I (241-272) - depicts Shapur's victory over two Roman emperors, Valerian and Philip the Arab

This relief is below tomb III (perhaps that of Artaxerxes I) and depicts Hormizd forcing an enemy (perhaps Papak of Armenia) from his horse

This relief is below tomb III (perhaps that of Artaxerxes I) and depicts Hormizd forcing an enemy (perhaps Papak of Armenia) from his horse

Door of the tomb of Daruis II - there are some doubts that who was buried here, it could be Makrocheir

Door of the tomb of Daruis II - there are some doubts that who was buried here, it could be Makrocheir

But generally, this tomb is associated with Darius II

But generally, this tomb is associated with Darius II

Tomb of Darius the Great (522 BC-486 BC), it is also called as Tomb III

Tomb of Darius the Great (522 BC-486 BC), it is also called as Tomb III

Upper part of Darius the Great's tomb on a cliff face in Naqshe Rustam - it shows Darius in front of an altar, praying to the supreme god

Upper part of Darius the Great's tomb on a cliff face in Naqshe Rustam - it shows Darius in front of an altar, praying to the supreme god

This one appears to be an unfinished relief

This one appears to be an unfinished relief

The Investiture Relief of Ardasir I - it depicts Ahuramazda (lord or god in ancient Persia) is handing over a ring to Ardasir

The Investiture Relief of Ardasir I - it depicts Ahuramazda (lord or god in ancient Persia) is handing over a ring to Ardasir

It shows that persian god has given him the power to rule the county, in doing so, be became the first king of the Sasanian Empire

It shows that persian god has given him the power to rule the county, in doing so, be became the first king of the Sasanian Empire

The Audience Relief of Bahram II - this relief shows an audience. Bahram's hands rest on his giant sword, showing that he is the man in charge of the kingdom

The Audience Relief of Bahram II - this relief shows an audience. Bahram's hands rest on his giant sword, showing that he is the man in charge of the kingdom

This photo shows the cliffe face at the Naqshe Rustam - the tombs were built high up from the ground floor

This photo shows the cliffe face at the Naqshe Rustam - the tombs were built high up from the ground floor

Tomb II belongs to Artaxerxes I (465 BC - 424 BC) - the upper register is identical to the relief of Darius' tomb: the king is standing in front of an altar

Tomb II belongs to Artaxerxes I (465 BC - 424 BC) - the upper register is identical to the relief of Darius' tomb: the king is standing in front of an altar

Very close to the Ka'baye Zartosht a pool can be seen at the foot of a mountain - it is believed that pool was used for the bathing ritual

Very close to the Ka'baye Zartosht a pool can be seen at the foot of a mountain - it is believed that pool was used for the bathing ritual

This tower like structure was built around 5th century BC - it may had been used to keep the holy fire here but more likely a storage place for the kings

This tower like structure was built around 5th century BC - it may had been used to keep the holy fire here but more likely a storage place for the kings

Ka'ba-ye Zartosht is 12m in height - Shapur I left two inscriptions on the lower walls of the building, in which he explained his policy

Ka'ba-ye Zartosht is 12m in height - Shapur I left two inscriptions on the lower walls of the building, in which he explained his policy

A final photo of the Ka'ba-ye Zartosht - it was very stormy at the site and the coldest day (not to mention hail) I had come across in Iran

A final photo of the Ka'ba-ye Zartosht - it was very stormy at the site and the coldest day (not to mention hail) I had come across in Iran