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Piruz Apad, today mostly pronounced as Firuz-Abad (Persian: پیروز آپاد also Romanized as Pīrūzābād; anciently, Sassanid Middle Persian Ardashir-Khwarrah – اردشيرخوره, meaning "The Glory of Ardashir") is a city in and the capital of Firuzabad County, Pars Province (Persian Province), Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 58,210, in 12,888 families.
Firuzabad is located south of Shiraz. The town is surrounded by a mud wall and ditch.
Alexander of Macedonia destroyed the original city of Gōr. Centuries later, Ardashir I, founder of the Sassanid Dynasty, revived the city before it was ransacked during the Arab invasion of the seventh century.
Firuzabad is situated in a low-lying area of the region, so Alexander was able to drown the city by directing the flow of a river into the city. The lake he created remained until Ardashir I built a tunnel to drain it. He founded his new capital city on this site.
Ardeshir's new city was known as Khor Ardeshīr, Ardeshīr Khurah and Shāhr-ī Gōr. It had a circular plan so precise in measurement that the Persian historian Ibn Balkhi wrote it to be "devised using a compass". It was protected by a trench 50 meters in width, and was 2 kilometers in diameter. The city had four gates; to the north was the Hormoz Gate, to the south the Ardeshir Gate, to the east the Mithra Gate and to the west the Bahram Gate. The royal capital's compounds were constructed at the center of a circle 450 m in radius. At the center point of the city was a Zoroastrian fire temple 30 m high and spiral in design, which is thought to have been the architectural predecessor of the Great Mosque of Samarra of Iraq. (See satellite photo in the top right hand corner of the article.)
The city's importance was revived again in the reign of Azud al-Dawla of the Daylamite dynasty, who used the city as his frequent residence. It is at this time that the old name of the city—Gōr, was abandoned in favor of the new. In New Persian, spoken at the time, Gōr had come to mean "grave." King Azud al-Dawla, as the story goes, found it distasteful to reside in a "grave." Per his instruction, the city's name was changed to Peroz-abad, "City of Victory." Since then, the city has been known by variations of that name, to include Firuzabad (Middle Persian Fīrūzābād).
- Ghal'eh Dokhtar in Firuzabad.
- Palace of Ardeshir in Firuzabad.
- Cities of the Ancient Near East
- Firuzabad, Fars can be found at GEOnet Names Server, at this link, by opening the Advanced Search box, entering "-3063026" in the "Unique Feature Id" form, and clicking on "Search Database".
- "Census of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1385 (2006)" (Excel). Islamic Republic of Iran. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11.
- Ernst Herzfeld Papers, Series 5: Drawings and Maps, Records of Firuzabad Collections Search Center, S.I.R.I.S., Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
- Firuzabad, Livius.
- A guided tour of Firouzabad Palace, Ardeshir's Palace: YouTube (2 min 52 sec).
- Fars Cultural Heritage Organization
Sassanian first king Ardashir I "Ardachir Babakan") relief at Firuzaba (Tangab relief).