Naqsh-e Rajab

Also known as: Naghsh-e Rajab

A few kilometers north of Persepolis lies an archaeological site that goes by the name of Naqsh-e Rajab. So what is it? Well, it’s basically an ancient site home to four limestone rock-face inscriptions and bas-reliefs dating back to the early Sassanid era (224-651 AD). Naqsh, here, means bas-reliefs and Rajab is a name – but this name has nothing to do with the historical site; frankly, nobody knows for sure where it got its name from. Naqsh-e Rajab, part of the Marvdasht cultural complex, is on UNESCO’s Tentative List.


The pictures on the wall

If you’re a history freak then you will love this place, and if you’re not, just have an expert by your side to walk you through it; you will need someone to explain the story behind it. But to give you a brief insight:  The two carvings are about investiture inscriptions of the founder of the Sassanid Empire, Ardeshir I, and his successor, Shapur I; and there are two bas-relief with one of them depicting Shapur's celebration of a military victory, called “Shapur's Parade”, and the other depicting a high priest named Kartir who, according to some, raises his hand in a gesture of homage to god and the king.


Amazing Adventure

The location is quite convenient; it is at the foot of Mt. Hosain and only a few kilometers away from the monuments of Persepolis and pre-Sasanian city of Estakhr. It is not so far from Naqsh-e Rostam as well. And you know what this means, if you know your way around or just ask for direction, you can choose to trek your way to all these locations. It’s a great opportunity for trekkers craving for challenges and adventure.

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