Persian Ruins and Persian Historic Sites

If you’re looking to explore Persian ruins and Persian historic sites and want to find the best places to view Persian Empire history then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

There’s a great selection of Persian ruins and you can plan some fantastic things to see on your trips. Once you’ve explored the list of Persian historic sites and selected those you wish to visit you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook. This indispensible holiday guide will help you make the most of your time exploring Persian Empire sites.

Our database of historic places is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other Persian Empire sites, remains or ruins, you can always add them to Trip Historic now by visiting our upload page.

Persian Empire: Site Index

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Bisotun Archaeological Site

The Bisotun Archaeological Site is known for containing the Behistun Inscription, a contemporary triumphal account of the victories of Darius the Great.

The Bisotun Archaeological Site near the modern city of Kermanshah, Iran, is known for containing one of the most important artefacts to have survived from the Persian Empire – the Behistun Inscription. Carved directly into high rocks, the Behistun Inscription recounts the life and victories of Darius the Great in three... Read More

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Ephesus

Ephesus in Turkey was a Greek colony which was later conquered by the Persian Empire before falling to the Macedonians and then Romans.

Ephesus or "Efes" was a vibrant classical city, now bordering modern day Selçuk in Turkey and representing some of the best preserved Greek and Roman ruins in the Mediterranean.  Thought to have been founded in the 10th century BC by an Athenian prince named Androklos, Ephesus grew into a thriving city... Read More

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Gordion

Gordion is an ancient Phrygian city which today contains the astounding burial mound said to belong to King Midas.

Gordion, also spelt Gordium, in the modern Turkish village of Yassıhöyük is home to what is popularly said to be the tomb of the famous King Midas. This ancient city was once the capital of the Phrygian Empire, who ruled the region from roughly 1200BC-700BC. Founded in an important strategic location... Read More

Pasargadae

Pasargadae was the first capital of the Persian Empire, the UNESCO-listed ruins of which are located in Iran. It ranks amongst the most famous Persian sites.

Pasargadae was the capital of the Persian Empire from the sixth century BC until it was conquered by the Macedonians led by Alexander the Great in 330 BC. Now a town in Iran, Pasargadae was established by the first ruler of the Achaemenid Dynasty, Cyrus the Great. Amongst the sites still... Read More

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Perge

Perge is a Turkish archaeological site containing mostly Roman ruins, but has a history dating back to Ancient Greece and the Persian Empire.

The ancient city of Perge near Antalya in Turkey is now an impressive archaeological site containing a wealth of ancient ruins, mostly dating back to the Roman period, though the city itself has a history dating back well into antiquity. The current city is said to have been founded in circa... Read More

Persepolis

Persepolis was the capital of the ancient Persian Empire and today contains many Persian ruins as well as the remains of ancient buildings and monuments.

Persepolis was the ancient capital of the Persian Empire during the Achaemenid era. Founded by Darius I around 515BC, the city stood as a magnificent monument to the vast power of Persian kings. Persepolis remained the centre of Persian power until the fall of the Persian Empire to Alexander the Great.... Read More

Rawansar Tomb

The Rawansar Tomb is an Achaemenid-era ancient rock cut tomb located in the hilltops overlooking the modern town of Rawansar in western Iran.

The Rawansar Tomb, also called Dekhmeye Rawansar, is an ancient rock cut tomb located in the rocky hilltops which overlook the modern town of Rawansar in western Iran. Though the evidence relating to the origins of the Rawansar Tomb has been sparse, the archaeological and decorative features of the tomb have... Read More

Sagalassos

Sagalassos is an active archaeological site in southwest Turkey which once formed part of the Persian Empire.

Sagalassos is an active archaeological site in southwest Turkey which contains mostly Hellenistic and Ancient Roman historic ruins, some of them very well preserved. In particular, the Fountain of Antoninler at Sagalassos still has its pretty facade. There are also the remains of a 9,000 seat theatre, a council hall... Read More

Taxila

Taxila was the ancient Gandhāran capital city and its incredible ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Taxila, also known as the Ancient Gandhāran city of Takshashila, is an ancient site in the Punjab Province of Pakistan dating back as far as the sixth century BC. One of the factors which make Taxila such a significant archeological site is the fact that, over its five century lifespan, it... Read More

Tomb of Cyrus the Great

One of the most famous Persian sites, the Tomb of Cyrus the Great is located in the former Persian capital of Pasargadae, now a UNESCO-listed town in Iran.

The Tomb of Cyrus the Great is located in the former Persian capital of Pasargadae, now a UNESCO-listed town in Iran. Cyrus the Great, also known as Cyrus II, founded the Achaemenid Dynasty in the sixth century BC and with it the capital, Pasargadae. The Achaemenid Dynasty was vitally important,... Read More