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Persepolis: The magnificent palace complex at Persepolis was founded by Darius the Great around 518 B.C.

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Achaemenid Dynasty ancient Persia. Gold Earing with inlays of turquoise, carnelian, and lapis lazuli, 5th-4th Century BCE.

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A small section of the Achaemenid Palaces of Darius in Susa, Persia, constructed by Babylonian craftsmen when Babylon was part of the world's first true empire.

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The Windcatchers of Persia. These structures have been used as ventilation/cooling systems for thousands of years. (via Kuriositas)

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When the Assyrian Empire was obliterated in 612, the city-state of Babylon created another huge empire. King Nebuchadnezzar built the hanging gardens of Babylon, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. According to tradition, his wife, Amyitis, missed the mountainous terrain of her homeland so the king brought the mountain to her by building a stepped terrace garden. Man-powered pumps watered it. (Even then, women could be high maintenance)

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Another great piece posted by Ancient Persia, also from the Achaemenid Period (550-330 BC), with the figure of a bearded cow.

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