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Pasargadae(pəsär`gədē), capital of ancient Persia under Cyrus the GreatCyrus the Great
, d. 529 B.C., king of Persia, founder of the greatness of the Achaemenids and of the Persian Empire. According to Herodotus, he was the son of an Iranian noble, the elder Cambyses, and a Median princess, daughter of Astyages.
..... Click the link for more information. . Its ruins lie 54 mi (87 km) by road NE of PersepolisPersepolis
[Gr.,=city of Persia], ancient city of Persia, ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid empire under Darius I and his successors. The administrative capitals were elsewhere, notably at Susa and Babylon.
..... Click the link for more information. , in present Iran. The buildings of Cyrus include a temple in the form of a tower; the remains of his palace; and his tomb, a structure of white stone 18 ft (5.5 m) high, on a massive base. According to Greek historians, Alexander the Great found Cyrus' tomb already rifled, and he sealed its entrance. The tomb has long since been reopened. The name also appears as Parsagarda.
a city in ancient Iran, built on a high terrace 80 km from Persepolis. Founded in the 550’s B.C., Pasargadae was the early capital of the Achaemenids. It is now in ruins.
Among the structures that have been preserved are the tomb of Cyrus (II) the Great and some altars, as well as the remains of a tower (a fire temple), a citadel, and a palace of Cyrus the Great.