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Archaeologists working at Tall-e Ajori (Firuzabad), a site located 1.8 miles (3 km) north of Persepolis, have unearthed the wall of a monumental gateway. The discovery of the gateway itself was announced in 2021; it is believed that Cyrus the Great ordered the construction of the 130-foot (40 m) gate to provide access to a royal garden named “Paradise.” The newly exposed section of wall was built using glazed bricks and bitumen mortar. Persepolis was one of the capital cities of the Persian Empire. Cyrus the Great is mentioned twenty times in the Bible and is most famous for his decree to allow the Jewish people to return to Jerusalem from exile and rebuild the Temple, which was prophesied by Isaiah (44:28) and recorded in 2 Chronicles (ch. 36) and Ezra (ch. 1).




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