Persian Ruins and Persian Historic Sites

If you’re looking to explore Persian ruins and Persian historic sites and want to find the best places to view Persian Empire history then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

There’s a great selection of Persian ruins and you can plan some fantastic things to see on your trips. Once you’ve explored the list of Persian historic sites and selected those you wish to visit you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook. This indispensible holiday guide will help you make the most of your time exploring Persian Empire sites.

Our database of historic places is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other Persian Empire sites, remains or ruins, you can always add them to Historvius now by visiting our upload page.

Persian Empire: Site Index

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Bisotun Archaeological Site

The Bisotun Archaeological Site is known for containing the Behistun Inscription, a contemporary triumphal account of the victories of Darius the Great.

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Ephesus in Turkey was a Greek colony which was later conquered by the Persian Empire before falling to the Macedonians and then Romans.

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Gordion is an ancient Phrygian city which today contains the astounding burial mound said to belong to King Midas.


Pasargadae was the first capital of the Persian Empire, the UNESCO-listed ruins of which are located in Iran. It ranks amongst the most famous Persian sites.

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Perge is a Turkish archaeological site containing mostly Roman ruins, but has a history dating back to Ancient Greece and the Persian Empire.


Persepolis was the capital of the ancient Persian Empire and today contains many Persian ruins as well as the remains of ancient buildings and monuments.

Rawansar Tomb

The Rawansar Tomb is an Achaemenid-era ancient rock cut tomb located in the hilltops overlooking the modern town of Rawansar in western Iran.


Sagalassos is an active archaeological site in southwest Turkey which once formed part of the Persian Empire.


Taxila was the ancient Gandhāran capital city and its incredible ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Tomb of Cyrus the Great

One of the most famous Persian sites, the Tomb of Cyrus the Great is located in the former Persian capital of Pasargadae, now a UNESCO-listed town in Iran.