The Apadana is located on the western side of Persepolis, it is also known as the Audience Hall

The Apadana is located on the western side of Persepolis, it is also known as the Audience Hall

This place was used for the official audience of the king

This place was used for the official audience of the king

The Apadana Palace is one of the oldest building in Persepolis - Darius the Great started work on this building around 515BC

The Apadana Palace is one of the oldest building in Persepolis - Darius the Great started work on this building around 515BC

The seventy-two columns which supported the roof (6x6 inside the hall, the remainder in three porticoes) were twenty-five meters high

The seventy-two columns which supported the roof (6x6 inside the hall, the remainder in three porticoes) were twenty-five meters high

Base of a column in the Apadana Hall - at the bottom of this column black burnt marks can be seen, left behind by the Alexander the Great in 330BC

Base of a column in the Apadana Hall - at the bottom of this column black burnt marks can be seen, left behind by the Alexander the Great in 330BC

The northeastern corner of the Apadana - the walls of this buildings were decorated with colourful tiles

The northeastern corner of the Apadana - the walls of this buildings were decorated with colourful tiles

Tall columns of the Apadana and the Geat of All Nations can be seen int his photos

Tall columns of the Apadana and the Geat of All Nations can be seen int his photos

Channels were cut in stone in order to circulate the water in Persepolis

Channels were cut in stone in order to circulate the water in Persepolis

It started to rain very heavily and everyone ran for the cover

It started to rain very heavily and everyone ran for the cover

The Apadana, seen from the covered area of the eastern stairs

The Apadana, seen from the covered area of the eastern stairs

Eastern stairs seen from the top - these stairs depict a procession of people bringing tribute to the king

Eastern stairs seen from the top - these stairs depict a procession of people bringing tribute to the king

Details of the side of the eastern stairs

Details of the side of the eastern stairs

These decorative patterns were borrowed by the Arabs from the Persians and they were used in the Islamic World, even as far as Cordoba in Spain

These decorative patterns were borrowed by the Arabs from the Persians and they were used in the Islamic World, even as far as Cordoba in Spain

A great god is Ahuramazda, who created this earth, who created yonder sky, who created man, who created happiness for man, who made Xerxes king, one king of all kings, one commander for all commanders

A great god is Ahuramazda, who created this earth, who created yonder sky, who created man, who created happiness for man, who made Xerxes king, one king of all kings, one commander for all commanders

I am Xerxes, the great king, the king of kings, the king of all countries, having all kinds of human beings, king in this earth far and wide, the son of king Darius, the Achaemenid

I am Xerxes, the great king, the king of kings, the king of all countries, having all kinds of human beings, king in this earth far and wide, the son of king Darius, the Achaemenid

What was done by me here, and was done by me farther off, I did by the grace of Ahuramazda. May Ahuramazda and the gods protect me, my kingdom, and what I did

What was done by me here, and was done by me farther off, I did by the grace of Ahuramazda. May Ahuramazda and the gods protect me, my kingdom, and what I did

An arch and top of the eastern stairs can be seen here

An arch and top of the eastern stairs can be seen here

The struggle between a lion and a bull is depicted four times at Persepolis

The struggle between a lion and a bull is depicted four times at Persepolis

Persian soldiers depicted on the eastern stairs of Apadana

Persian soldiers depicted on the eastern stairs of Apadana

The Palace of Darius (next to this building) is also known as Tachar (the Winter Palace)

The Palace of Darius (next to this building) is also known as Tachar (the Winter Palace)

The beautiful  Palace of the Darius the Great (probably one of the best preserved) was just beside the easten staircase but it was off limit to the public

The beautiful Palace of the Darius the Great (probably one of the best preserved) was just beside the easten staircase but it was off limit to the public

Many people in the group protested but guard wasn't listening to anyone and we had to move on

Many people in the group protested but guard wasn't listening to anyone and we had to move on

This photo depicts a royal warrior fighting a lion on one of the entrances of the Throne Room

This photo depicts a royal warrior fighting a lion on one of the entrances of the Throne Room

Now, the rain had almost stopped and it was time to move again

Now, the rain had almost stopped and it was time to move again

Walls of the Throne Hall, it is also known as the Hall of Hundred Columns

Walls of the Throne Hall, it is also known as the Hall of Hundred Columns

The construction of this hall was started by King Xerxes but it was finished by his son Artaxerxes I Makrocheir

The construction of this hall was started by King Xerxes but it was finished by his son Artaxerxes I Makrocheir

Initially, this hall was used for receptions  but later, the Treasury proved to be too small, the Throne Hall also served as a storehouse

Initially, this hall was used for receptions but later, the Treasury proved to be too small, the Throne Hall also served as a storehouse

The entrances were decorated with the usual motifs, audience scenes and throne scenes

The entrances were decorated with the usual motifs, audience scenes and throne scenes

This photos depicts the people carrying king's throne

This photos depicts the people carrying king's throne

Some of the throne scenes depicted here are in bad condition

Some of the throne scenes depicted here are in bad condition

The arch in the middle connects the Throne Room to the Treasury

The arch in the middle connects the Throne Room to the Treasury

The Treasury was used to house the armory and the treasures of the king

The Treasury was used to house the armory and the treasures of the king

The tremendous wealth stored here came from the booty of conquered nations and from the annual tribute sent by the peoples of the empire to the king

The tremendous wealth stored here came from the booty of conquered nations and from the annual tribute sent by the peoples of the empire to the king

The Harem was built by King Xerxes, this is where the royal ladies lived

The Harem was built by King Xerxes, this is where the royal ladies lived

Lower part of the pillars supporting the Harem - this is reconstruction of the original Harem of Xerxes

Lower part of the pillars supporting the Harem - this is reconstruction of the original Harem of Xerxes

Wooden ceiling of the hall - The hall had four doorways whose jambs were decorated with reliefs

Wooden ceiling of the hall - The hall had four doorways whose jambs were decorated with reliefs

The Harem of Xerxes with a large Persian horse to the right

The Harem of Xerxes with a large Persian horse to the right

A double horse capital next to the Harem of King Xerxes

A double horse capital next to the Harem of King Xerxes

Decorative details of the double horse capital

Decorative details of the double horse capital

Face of the Double Horse Statue - it may be referred as the Persian horse or 'the bull'

Face of the Double Horse Statue - it may be referred as the Persian horse or 'the bull'

The Palace of King Xerxes is called Hadis in Iran - it is belived that this palace was twice the size that of King Darius's

The Palace of King Xerxes is called Hadis in Iran - it is belived that this palace was twice the size that of King Darius's

An arch located at the Palace of Xerxes - this palace is more damaged than the Darius the Great's

An arch located at the Palace of Xerxes - this palace is more damaged than the Darius the Great's

One theory is that Greek soldiers (under Alaxander the Great) wanted to take the revenge from king Xerxes thus burning his palace down(Xerxes had burnt Athens in 480BC)

One theory is that Greek soldiers (under Alaxander the Great) wanted to take the revenge from king Xerxes thus burning his palace down(Xerxes had burnt Athens in 480BC)

Lower part of the terrace which connects the Palace of Xerxes to that of Darius the Great

Lower part of the terrace which connects the Palace of Xerxes to that of Darius the Great

Ahuramazda is depicted on the interconnecting staircase of two palaces

Ahuramazda is depicted on the interconnecting staircase of two palaces

Upper part of the Palace of Darius the Great

Upper part of the Palace of Darius the Great

Persian Immortals (an elite corps in Persian army) are shown here - they were known for their battle skills and strength

Persian Immortals (an elite corps in Persian army) are shown here - they were known for their battle skills and strength

Inscriptions at the interconnecting stairs of the Palace of King Xerxes

Inscriptions at the interconnecting stairs of the Palace of King Xerxes

This photo of the Apadana was taken from the stairs of the two palaces

This photo of the Apadana was taken from the stairs of the two palaces

This is one of the typical photo associated with Persepolis, it shows the Audience Hall with the Palace of the Darius the Great in the background

This is one of the typical photo associated with Persepolis, it shows the Audience Hall with the Palace of the Darius the Great in the background