The object is included to the World List of Tourist Attractions.
The magnificent palace complex at Persepolis was founded by Darius the Great around 518 B.C., although more than a century passed before it was finally completed. Conceived to be the seat of government for the Achaemenian kings and a center for receptions and ceremonial festivities, the wealth of the Persian empire was evident in all aspects of its construction. The splendor of Persepolis, however, was short-lived; the palaces were looted and burned by Alexander the Great in 331-330 B.C. The ruins were not excavated until the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago sponsored an archaeological expedition to Persepolis and its environs under the supervision of Professor Ernst Herzfeld from 1931 to 1934, and Erich F. Schmidt from 1934 to 1939. .
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We are in Leipzig, one of the University centres of High Middle Ages Germany, so, meine Damen und Herren, I give you the Paulinum.
If you have just woken up, good morning, and if this building reminds you of a Gothic church, don't worry, it is supposed to.
So, I hope you remember, that throughout the history, especially the Middle Ages, Leipzig was rich and prosperous city. Such blessings obviously needed to be counted, so in the middle of the 13th century the Dominican brotherhood founds a monastery here and builds a church of St. Paul.
And all was quite monasterial until in 1409 the Leipzig University was founded nearby. The church became an unofficial university church, and if you have shared any public space with a crowd of students, you can imagine that poor monks basically gave up their church to the University.
After Reformation it was made official, the church and monastery grounds were gifted to the University, and the church was inaugurated by Martin Luther himself as the protestant university church. It has seen performances by Bach (who apparently was a musical director of everything in Leipzig) and Mendelssohn, survived the Battle of Leipzig in 1813 and two World Wars practically untouched.
However apparently what cannot be accomplished by Napoleon, foes, artillery and bombing raids can be easily done by a iron cast logic of the communist administration. We need to build more of this University, which is a site of scientific, cultural and historical heritage of the German nation. To do that we're going to dynamite another site of cultural and historical heritage, and it makes sense because, shut up or Stasi. I'm not joking, protesters were actually arrested. And actually not much was build there, which is a shame. All that dynamite wasted.
Since Unification of Germany a big debate has started on whether to rebuild the church, and finally the decision was taken to build a modern University assembly hall with a chapel, to commemorate the original church and remind everybody, that this is Free City, and if we want a church in our University, no one can stop us. And so Paulinum was born.
Leipzig scores once again.