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An ancient city of Persia northeast of modern Shiraz in southwest Iran. It was the ceremonial capital of Darius I and his successors. Its ruins include the palaces of Darius and Xerxes and a citadel that contained the treasury looted by Alexander the Great.


(Placename) the capital of ancient Persia in the Persian Empire and under the Seleucids: founded by Darius; sacked by Alexander the Great in 330 bc


(pərˈsɛp ə lɪs)

an ancient capital of Persia: its ruins are near Shiraz in SW Iran.
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Noun1.Persepolis - an ancient city that was the capital of the ancient Persian EmpirePersepolis - an ancient city that was the capital of the ancient Persian Empire; now in ruins
Iran, Islamic Republic of Iran, Persia - a theocratic Islamic republic in the Middle East in western Asia; Iran was the core of the ancient empire that was known as Persia until 1935; rich in oil
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The South Korean tourism delegation arrived in Shiraz on Monday evening and is scheduled to visit the Fars province and Shiraz attractions, including the Persepolis Palaces Complex on Tuesday and Wednesday.
We are after expansion of the historical relations between Iran and Mexico and our efforts are aimed at the strengthening of these relations," said the Mexican envoy on the sidelines of his visit of the ancient Persepolis Palaces in Central Iran on Friday.
Iran's booth at FITUR 2010 is comprised of a combination of models from the Acheamenid Dynasty's Persepolis Palaces Complex and Iranian traditional restaurants, to display corners of our ancient land's cultural attraction for the guests and potential tourists.