Arg-e Karim Khan

You cannot miss the great details in the architecture and design of this magnificent citadel. As you walk through the gate, the patterns within the garden will enchant you in a single moment, and you can’t help walking between the trees and flower buds. This square-like structure with four tall circular towers on each corner of it was built by the Zand dynasty emperor, Karim Khan, in 1801, and that’s why it’s named after him. He created this citadel taking into account both private and military functions. Hopefully, the process of restorations has started to make it a suitable site for a museum where people can enjoy both the citadel itself and legacies of the Safavid dynasty. To reach this citadel, you have to take the subway to the Zandiye Station and walk for about five minutes at the heart of the city, and you’ll find yourself in front of its big gates. Achaemenid emperors’ tombs. These tombs are relics of the Achaemenid Empire (330-600 B.C.) delicately carved in high cliffs with impressive reliefs on them. Behind these cliffs stands a weird structure with about 12.5m height with an entrance and no windows. This peculiar structure is called Ka’ba-ye Zartosht, and right at the bottom of it, there’s a long inscription of Kartir dating back to the Sassanid era.

Mitra Gholami
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