Palace of Darius and Xerxes

Palace of Darius and Xerxes

Date 5th-3rd centuries BCE

Movement Ancient Near EasternAchaemenid

Location Persepolis, Iran


Commissioned by Darius I to celebrate his new and sprawling empire, this was by far the most impressive palace of the rulers of Parsa. The architects of this palace incorporated themes and resources from distant lands, allowing for a great diversification of style and tastes. This Internationalism is at play here in the massive columns of the palace audience hall (seen below)—Egyptian bases and columns are used with vegetal sculpting, while the fluted shafts hearken to Ionia.