In 2010, I traveled to Iran (Persia) to conduct research for my book "A Hundred Sweet Promises." The novel, published by Appleyard & Sons in 2021 has received literary awards from both the American Writing Awards and the Historical Fiction Press Awards and is now a Top Ten bestseller in historical fiction. My journey led me to the ancient capital of the Persian Empire, Persepolis, in Persian known as "Takhte-Jamshid" (Jamshid's throne).
Persepolis (Old Persian: 𐎱𐎠𐎼𐎿, Pārsa; New Persian: تخت جمشید), was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (c. 550–330 BC). The earliest remains of Persepolis date back to 515 BC. UNESCO declared the ruins of Persepolis a World Heritage Site in 1979. Persepolis is derived from Ancient Greek: (Πέρσης) and pólis (πόλις), meaning "the Persian city" or "the city of the Persians."
I was able to access the site when no tourists were there and spent hours photographing the historical ruins. I have used these images to create crypto art designs that are available on the OpenSea NFT market. Below are some samples of the artwork.