The name alone is hugely evocative, from the era of four Greats – Cyrus, Darius, Xerxes, and Alexander (who burnt it to the ground). Persepolis was one of the great wonders of the world, an epic collection of palaces only occupied during spring (represented by the lion eating the bull, representing spring devouring winter).
To be honest I came away from Persepolis feeling slightly underwhelmed. Other than the staircase the most impressive remains can be found in French, British, German and American museums, which I’ve previously visited. It was amazing to experience the scale of the place, and put it in context, but was difficult to live up to all I’ve read and heard about Persepolis. Definitely worth visiting but manage your expectations.