Naqsh-e Rajab is the site of four limestone rock-cut bas-reliefs from the early Sassanid era, located about 9 km north of Persepolis in the Fars Province of Iran. Together with Naqsh-e Rostam, which lies 2.5 km away, Naqsh-e Rajab is part of the Marvdasht cultural complex. The two sites are a tentative candidate for UNESCO World Heritage status.
One of the carvings is depicting the investiture of Ardashir I (r. AD 224-240/1), the founder of the Sassanid dynasty. The second shows the investiture of Ardashir’s successor, Shapur I (r. AD 240/2-270). A third bas-relief, known as ‘Shapur’s Parade’, depicts the king on horseback. A fourth bas-relief and inscription is attributed to Kartir, the Zoroastrian high priest under Shapur I and his sons Hormizd I (r. AD 270-273) and Bahram I (r. AD 273-276).
Coordinates: 29°57’59.4″N 52°53’13.4″E
These are such amazing images. I’ve seen them before, but your pics put them into context. I often wonder why they were carved here.