Cyrus the Great – The tomb of the founder of the Persian Empire in Pasargad


Previously known as the Tomb of Suleiman’s Mother, it is a monument built in the 6th century BC which is believed to be the tomb of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the ancient Achaemenid Empire.

It was first identified as Cyrus’ tomb in modern times by James Justinian Morier, who compared the monument to that described in the writings of Greek historian Arrian.

The Tomb of Cyrus the Great is one of the main historic sites of modern Pasargadae. A stepped limestone structure crowned with a rectangular chamber, the Tomb of Cyrus the Great dates back to approximately 540-530 BC / Image source

The tomb of Cyrus is located in the southern corner of the site, which was once the royal park of Pasargadae and is built of yellowish-white limestone. Its main base is a stone platform whose design forms a rectangular square with a length of 13 meters and a width of 12 meters. The total height of the building is about 11 meters.

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