Persepolis - And its sacred geography 05 Stairs and ladders
Type of Spiritual Experience
Around 519 BC, construction of a broad stairway was begun.
The stairway was initially planned to be the main entrance to the terrace 20 metres (66 feet) above the ground.
The dual stairway, known as the Persepolitan Stairway, was built symmetrically on the western side of the Great Wall.
The 111 steps measured 6.9 metres (23 feet) wide, with treads of 31 centimetres (12 inches) and rises of 10 centimetres (3.9 inches).
“Originally, the steps were believed to have been constructed to allow for nobles and royalty to ascend by horseback. New theories, however, suggest that the shallow risers allowed visiting dignitaries to maintain a regal appearance while ascending.”
But they would also have shown that ascension can be a slow business.
A description of the experience
The source of the experienceZoroastrian
Concepts, symbols and science items
Science ItemsSacred geography
Sacred geography - altars
Sacred geography - ancient trees
Sacred geography - beacons
Sacred geography - bridges
Sacred geography - citadel
Sacred geography - cliffs
Sacred geography - enclosures and camps
Sacred geography - gardens
Sacred geography - ley lines
Sacred geography - mountain
Sacred geography - palace
Sacred geography - rivers and streams
Sacred geography - sacred grove
Sacred geography - water sites