Uphill walk on a cold day to reach the citadel - locally it is known as Tall-i Takht (the Throne Hill)

Uphill walk on a cold day to reach the citadel - locally it is known as Tall-i Takht (the Throne Hill)

This building is considered one of the oldest at Pasargade, probably dates back even before the Cyrus the Great (559-530BC)

This building is considered one of the oldest at Pasargade, probably dates back even before the Cyrus the Great (559-530BC)

The walls of this citadel are made with the carved stone - interestingly, no mortar was used to hold the stones together

The walls of this citadel are made with the carved stone - interestingly, no mortar was used to hold the stones together

The citadel is perched on a small hill and it overlooks the surround areas

The citadel is perched on a small hill and it overlooks the surround areas

One theory suggests that this site was used to moniter the surrounding areas by the soldiers

One theory suggests that this site was used to moniter the surrounding areas by the soldiers

Coins have been found by the archaeologists at this site, that gives an indication that local populace inhabited this citadel as well (may be in need of a shelter)

Coins have been found by the archaeologists at this site, that gives an indication that local populace inhabited this citadel as well (may be in need of a shelter)

The van, which brought the group from Shiraz can be seen at the bottom of the hill beside a security cabin

The van, which brought the group from Shiraz can be seen at the bottom of the hill beside a security cabin

The Prison of Solomon (Zinada-e Suliman) is a Zoroastrian shrine which resemble to that one in Naqshe Rustam

The Prison of Solomon (Zinada-e Suliman) is a Zoroastrian shrine which resemble to that one in Naqshe Rustam

The name of the building refers to the Islamic conquest when Arabs tried to destroy it, the keeper of this building said that this building was the Prison of Prophet Suliman

The name of the building refers to the Islamic conquest when Arabs tried to destroy it, the keeper of this building said that this building was the Prison of Prophet Suliman

Another theory is that this building was used to keep holy fire or to store the books

Another theory is that this building was used to keep holy fire or to store the books

A view from the Prison of Soloman, the citadel can be seen in the distance above a hill

A view from the Prison of Soloman, the citadel can be seen in the distance above a hill

This photo shows the plains where Pasargadae was built - in the distance, Residential Palace (called Palace P) can be seen

This photo shows the plains where Pasargadae was built - in the distance, Residential Palace (called Palace P) can be seen

A map of the site at Pasargade - this city was built by Cyrus the Great as a capital for his Achaemenids Empire

A map of the site at Pasargade - this city was built by Cyrus the Great as a capital for his Achaemenids Empire

Columns at the site of the Palace P, this place was used by king Cyrus as his private palace

Columns at the site of the Palace P, this place was used by king Cyrus as his private palace

Five rows of six pillars were created to build this palace

Five rows of six pillars were created to build this palace

Ruins of the Reception Hall (also known as Palace S) - this palace was decorated with the animal figures

Ruins of the Reception Hall (also known as Palace S) - this palace was decorated with the animal figures

A stone slab in front of the round columns has Arabic written on it - it points out that at one stage this stone was used in the construction of a mosque

A stone slab in front of the round columns has Arabic written on it - it points out that at one stage this stone was used in the construction of a mosque

Another map at Pasargade with the ruins of Palace S in the background

Another map at Pasargade with the ruins of Palace S in the background

This stone relief depicts a bullman and a fishman - these mythical creatures were created to decorate the buildings in those days

This stone relief depicts a bullman and a fishman - these mythical creatures were created to decorate the buildings in those days

Stones scattered at the site of Palace S - damaged reliefs are located on bith sides of the palace

Stones scattered at the site of Palace S - damaged reliefs are located on bith sides of the palace

The Palace S (Audience Hall) was 32x22m and it's roof was resting on tall columns

The Palace S (Audience Hall) was 32x22m and it's roof was resting on tall columns

A cloudy day at Pasargadae

A cloudy day at Pasargadae

Gate R refers to an entrance hall at Pasargadae - this building was measured around 28x25m

Gate R refers to an entrance hall at Pasargadae - this building was measured around 28x25m

This relief depicts a a bearded man with four wings dressed in an Elamite clothing

This relief depicts a a bearded man with four wings dressed in an Elamite clothing

The Tomb of Cyrus the Great is about 1km southwest to the Palaces of Pasargadae

The Tomb of Cyrus the Great is about 1km southwest to the Palaces of Pasargadae

King Cyrus died in 530BC and he was buried close to his capital

King Cyrus died in 530BC and he was buried close to his capital

The tomb of Cyrus is about eleven meters high and lower part is platform, about five meters high

The tomb of Cyrus is about eleven meters high and lower part is platform, about five meters high

It is siad that ALexander the Great visited the tomb of Cyrus the Great and carried out some restoration work

It is siad that ALexander the Great visited the tomb of Cyrus the Great and carried out some restoration work

The tour guide pointed out that Arabic inscriptions was written at the entrance (bottom right corner, very faint)

The tour guide pointed out that Arabic inscriptions was written at the entrance (bottom right corner, very faint)

A view of the Muzaffarid caravanserai from the tomb of Cyrus

A view of the Muzaffarid caravanserai from the tomb of Cyrus