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Terrace Stairway
This grand double-flight starircase on northwest of the platform leads up to the terrace. Each flight has 111 steps, each 40 cm deep, 10 cm high and nearly 7 cm wide. Both flights have been prepared from huge blocks of stone (some forming four to six steps) and are provided with parapets decorated with carved niches symbolizing fire temples. The two flights were evidently used by different groups of royal guests: the gift bearing delegations from subject nations climb up from one flight and nobles of the empire used another flight. The short raise of the steps was not for making it easy for the guests to climb up to the platform on horseback (as is popularly assumed) but was a deliberate device to allow them to climb up with ease
in their magnificent attire and with dignified movements while conversing with one another.
Steps are currently coverd with wooden plate for damage protection.
For more info please see this site: Persepolis on Wikipedia.

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