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A small section of the Achaemenid Palaces of Darius in Susa, Persia, constructed by Babylonian craftsmen when Babylon was part of the world's first true empire.

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Persepolis: The magnificent palace complex at Persepolis was founded by Darius the Great around 518 B.C.

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The Windcatchers of Persia. These structures have been used as ventilation/cooling systems for thousands of years. (via Kuriositas)

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Achaemenid Dynasty ancient Persia. Gold Earing with inlays of turquoise, carnelian, and lapis lazuli, 5th-4th Century BCE.

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Another great piece posted by Ancient Persia, also from the Achaemenid Period (550-330 BC), with the figure of a bearded cow.

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The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery are the Smithsonian's museums of Asian art.

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The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery are the Smithsonian's museums of Asian art.

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