Naqsh-e Rajab

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Coordinates: 29°57′59″N 52°53′13″E / 29.966486°N 52.887043°E / 29.966486; 52.887043

"Shapur's Parade" at Naqsh-e Rajab
Naqsh-e Rajab - Shapur I investiture.jpg
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Naqsh-e Rajab (Persian: نقش رجب, Persian pronunciation: [næɣʃeɾæˈdʒæb]) is an archaeological site just west of Istakhr and about 5 km north of Persepolis in Fars Province, Iran.

Together with Naqsh-e Rustam, which lies 2.5 km away, the site is part of the Marvdasht cultural complex. Together, the two sites are a tentative candidate for UNESCO World Heritage status.[1]

Naqsh-e Rajab is the site of four limestone rockface inscriptions and rock-cut bas-reliefs that date to the early Sassanid era. One of the carvings is the investiture inscription of Ardeshir I (ruled in 226-241 CE), the founder of the dynasty. The second investiture inscription is Ardeshir's successor, Shapur I (241-272 CE). A third bas-relief, known as 'Shapur's Parade' celebrates the king's military victory in 244 over the Roman emperor Philip the Arab. A fourth bas-relief and inscription is attributed to Kartir, high priest under Shapur I and his sons Hormizd I (272-273 CE) and Bahram I (273–276 CE).

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  1. ^ "Nasqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab". UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

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