Count Andor Széchenyi

Persepolis is one of the most popular tourist sights in Iran, the loss of the once prosperous city was caused by the conquests of Alexander the Great. Its name means “Persian city”. The city has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, thanks to its unique architectural monuments. One of them, the “Gate of the Peoples”, erected during the reign of Xerxes I, therefore appears in many places like the Xerxes Gate.

At the gate is the engraving of Count Andor Széchenyi, made during his journey in 1892-93. The name of the traveler and the date of his visit are shown on the gate. Andor Széchenyi was born in Pest in 1865 as the grandson of István Széchenyi. From the age of 23, he has organized trips around the world. During his travels he reached the southern archipelago of the Atlantic Ocean, where he visited many islands. Later, he traveled to the Somali land of present-day Somalia, following which he traveled to China, Russia and Persia.