(Persia Digest) – The pavilion used by Darius the Great as a place to rest still remains from Achaemenid times in Fars Province, southern Iran. It dates back to 2500 years ago near the Pasargadae Unesco World Heritage Site, yet has remained in the dark until now.
Currently, this enclosure is being renovated in the region known as Tang Bolaghi and will be turned into a museum and tourist attraction.
The pavilion of Darius is placed to the east of the river, and north of a massive rock called Tang Tirandaz. It is in fact a palace with a central hall and cubic shaped plinths, two of which were unearthed during excavations. The western ivan also faces the river. A special feature of the palace is the part of the wall wattle and daub façade which has been painted over. Artifacts discovered here include artificial eye balls and exquisite terracotta pieces pertaining to the Achaemenid times.
As of today, a full study of Tang Bolaghi has revealed over 45 caves and rock shelters in 15 of which stone tools were also discovered. The caves date back to 8000-12000 years ago.
Other Achaemenid sites in Tang Bolaghi are its historic teppe, where pottery from this era have been unearthed. Of the most important finds here is an Achaemenid village unravelling the secrets of lives led by the ordinary dwellers of that time.
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