(Persia Digest) – The tomb of Cambyses II, conqueror of Egypt, is one of the beautiful structures of Pasargadae complex in southern Iran which was constructed in the early days of the Achaemenid era. It is an almost 14-meter high tower-like quadrilateral structure placed on a three-step platform.
The entrance of the tomb is about seven meters higher than the ground level and leads to a chamber at the top of the tower with a staircase. From an archeological and artistic viewpoint, the structure is a masterpiece of engineering and artistry in the Achaemenid era. The stone blocks are stacked up so that some of the rows can hardly be distinguished from one another.
There are many rectangular indentations on the wall of the tomb which were possibly for the aesthetics of the structure; they may also have had other functions. The tomb has ten clerestories framed with black stone.
The tomb was called the Prison of Salomon in the Islamic era but is known today as a fire temple left from the time of Cyrus the Great. It is a unique work of art registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
The structure is located in the Pasargadae complex along with the tomb of Cyrus the Great, Tal-Takht, Cyrus’s palaces, and other buildings of the Pasargadae complex.
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