Tomb of Cyrus: World's Oldest Earthquake Resistant Structure

Tomb of Cyrus: World’s Oldest Earthquake Resistant Structure

Built in 4th Century BC and part of Iran's Pasargadae World Heritage Site, the tomb of Cyrus the Great is the world's oldest earthquake resistant structure.

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Would you believe this ancient structure can resist earthquake? It may sound unbelievable, but yes, it has been proven to be resilient to seismic hazards. This ancient burial structure in Iran, at the Pasargadae World Heritage Site, is believed to hold the body of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire.

Built in 4th Century BC and first rediscovered by Alexander the Great, the ancient tomb was said to contain a golden bed, coffin and some adorned furniture. There was also an inscription that says it was Cyrus who was buried at the site. Even though there’s not much evidence to verify this claim, the site is still widely believed to be the tomb of the indomitable Persian leader.

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The tomb of Cyrus is considered to be the world’s oldest base-isolated structure. Seismic base isolation is one of the most powerful tools of earthquake engineering that allows a building to move independent of its foundation. Amazingly, the Tomb of Cyrus displays the strength of its leader and proves the engineering ingenuity of the early Persians.

30.193908, 53.167203,Tomb of Cyrus the Great, Fars, Iran

Head down to Middle East to visit the tomb of Cyrus the Great before it’s gone.

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