Haremsara (Museum) information
Accessed via stairs east of the Tripylon, the Haremsara 11 is the most argued about building at Persepolis. Despite the depictions around the door of the king defeating evil, scholars argue that is was either a harem for the king’s consorts and concubines or a residence for visiting ambassadors (it has the same number of rooms as the number of subject nations). Restored in the 1930s, today it houses a museum and administrative offices. The museum contains a stone foundation tablet and a range of artefacts discovered during excavations: alabaster vessels, cedar wood, lances and arrow tips. Note the highly polished walls; almost every wall in Persepolis was finished in this expensive, labour- intensive fashion.