World Heritage Property Document

Pasargadae, Iran, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004 on the basis of cultural criteria (I), (II), (III) and (IV):


Criterion (I): Pasargadae is the first outstanding expression of the royal Achaemenid architecture.


Criterion (II): The dynastic capital of Pasargadae was built by Cyrus the Great with a contribution by different people of the empire created by him. It became a fundamental phase in the evolution of the classic Persian art and architecture.


Criterion (III): The archaeological site of Pasargadae with its palaces, gardens and the tomb of the founder of the dynasty, Cyrus the Great, represents an exceptional testimony of Achaemenid civilization in Persia.


Criterion (IV): The “Four Gardens” type of royal ensemble, which was created in Pasargadae became a prototype for Western Asia architecture and design.

World Heritage Property number: 1106