The Hall of a Hundred Columns
The Hall a of Hundred Columns was the largest hall in Persepolis. It was used for receptions and meetings with the King's army commanders.
The King and Queen's Palace
The palace residences included the residence of the King, Queen, the King’s sister, his mother and their ladies -in-waiting.
The Treasury consisted of halls covering over 10,000 sq meters. Found at the Treasury were stone and clay tablets written in Akkadian and Elamite that detailed the finances required to run the complex. They record wages paid, hours worked, and vacations taken by those who worked there. Women and men were paid the same wage for the same work, and women were given paid maternity leave. Construction workers lived off-site, were well paid and enjoyed a comfortable lifestyle.
The columns at Persepolis were made of wood: large cedars from Lebanon and teak from India. When wood was not adequate for the task, the architects used stone. The base and capitals (the tops of the columns) were primarily made from stone.
The capitals, shaped as bull heads, supported heavy cedar wood crossbeams laid across the saddle between the two heads The cross beams protruded about 1 meter on each side of the columns. Two long beams were then laid on each side of the crossbeam, connecting two neighbouring columns. The inter-space was covered with secondary wood beams and these were then covered with matting and a thick layer of earth, to form the ceiling. Lateral stabilizers fitted between the bull's ears. The entire structure was finished with a coat of bright paint.
The Rediscovery of Persepolis
From the time of its destruction by Alexander of Macedonia in 330/31 BCE, Persepolis lay buried under the rubble of the destruction. Medieval Persians forgot the name and significance of the site. They believed it to be the palace of legendary King Jamshid and called it Takht-i Jamshid, or the Throne of Jamshid.