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    Perspolis: Gate of All Nations, referring to subjects of the empire consisted of a grand hall that was almost 25 square metres, with four columns and its entrance on the Western Wall where a pair of Lamassu's, bulls with human head guard the threshold. (Wikipedia) - Gate of All Nations Gate of All Nations Basic information Location Geographic coordinates Region State Province Territory Sector Municipality Ecclesiastical or organizational status Website Architectural type Specifications Materials
    View of the Gate of All Nations palace
    Marvdasht, Iran
    29°56′04″N 52°53′29″E / 29.934444°N 52.891389°E / 29.934444; 52.891389Coordinates: 29°56′04″N 52°53′29″E / 29.934444°N 52.891389°E / 29.934444; 52.891389
    70 km northeast of the modern city of Shiraz in the Fars Province of modern Iran
    Marvdasht
    Fars province
    Iran
    Persepolis
    Marvdasht
    in ruins
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    Iranian architecture
    stone

    The Gate of All Nations or Gate of Xerxes palace is located in the ruins of the ancient city of Persepolis, 70 km northeast of the modern city of Shiraz in the Fars Province of modern Iran. The structure was built on the orders of the Persian Emperor, or shahanshah, Xerxes I.

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    Building

    The structure consisted of one large room whose roof was supported by four stone columns with bell-shaped bases. Parallel to the inner walls of this room ran a stone bench, interrupted at the doorways. The outside walls, made of broad mud block, were bedecked with frequent niches. Each of the three walls, on the east, west, and south, had a very large stone doorway. A pair of massive bulls secured the western entrance; two Lamassu in the Assyrian style, albeit, of colossal proportions, stood at the eastern doorway. Engraved above each of the four colossi is a trilingual inscription attesting to Xerxes having built and fulfilled the gate. The doorway on the south, opening toward the Apadana, is the widest of the three. Pivoting devices found on the inner corners of all the doors indicate that they must have had two-leaved doors, which were possibly made of wood and covered with sheets of ornamented metal.

    History

    The construction of the Stairs of All Nations and the Gate of All Nations was ordered by the Achaemenid king Xerxes (486-465), the successor of the founder of Persepolis, Darius I the Great.

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