During an official tour of Iran one year, French president Charles de Gaulle and his entourage visited the ancient city of Persepolis. He soon found himself standing in the scorching sun while the curator delivered an exhaustive lecture on the history of the city from the earliest settlements to the present day. By the time he had reached the conquest of Persepolis by Alexander the Great, de Gaulle was furious: "Thus Alexander conquered the city and destroyed it," the curator finally announced. "Fine," de Gaulle interrupted. "Let's go and see what's left."
[With that, the group departed.]