A New and Unique Photo of Passargard, tomb of Cyrus the Great, King of Persia; an unfinished capital of Achemanid dynasty.
Photo by Hossein Amini, the Persian photographer who lives in Shiraz, exclusively for the blog Exiledpersian.Blogspot.com.
Pasargad now is one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Cyrus the Great began building his capital in 546 BCE or later; it was unfinished when he died in battle, in 530 or 529 BCE. The remains of the tomb of Cyrus' son and successor, Cambyses II, has been found in Pasargad, near the fortress of Toll-e Takht, and identified in 2006.
Pasargad remained the Persian capital until Cambyses II moved it to Susa; later, Darius founded another in Persepolis. The archaeological site covers 1.6 square kilometres and includes a structure commonly believed to be the mausoleum of Cyrus, the fortress of Toll-e Takht sitting on top of a nearby hill, and the remains of two royal palaces and gardens. Pasargad Persian Garden provide the earliest known example of the Persian chahar bagh, or fourfold garden design.