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The Milky Way and the majestic planet Jupiter shine above the tomb of Cyrus in Pasargadae; a 2500-year old World Heritage Site in southern Iran. Pasargadae was the first capital of the Achaemenid Empire, the capital of Cyrus the Great (600-530 BC) and also his last resting place. At the height of its power, the Achaemenid Empire encompassed spanned three continents, as far west as Libya to nearly all Middle East, and to Central Asia. Cyrus left an everlasting legacy on leadership as he respected the customs and religions of the lands he conquered. He attributed his success to “Diversity in counsel, unity in command.” © Babak Tafreshi

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  • ghaforian Reply

    thanks a lot!
    so beautiful Starry Night special with this view.
    Thanks again.

    October 31, 2010 at 9:48 am
  • S.Salimi Reply

    Hi, Thanks for this beautiful picture and also all fabulous pictures from Pasargadae.

    August 21, 2011 at 6:16 am

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