The surviving ruins of Persepolis today are a mere shadow of Persepolis’ former glory. It was founded by Darius I in 518 BC and was added to by the subsequent kings over a period of about 150 years. In its heyday the city spread over an area of about 125000 sq meters and was the place where all the people of the empire came over No Ruz (New Year) to pay homage to the kings.
The complex holds in Ceremonial palaces, Halls, small dedicated palaces, royal treasury and tombs. Today this monument consists of the remains of several monumental buildings such as Gate of All Nations, Palace of 100 Columns, Palace of Darius, Xerxes’ Palace, Central Palace, and Apadana Palace. Persepolis was burned to the ground by Alexander in 330 BC.