Arg-e Karimkhan, Shiraz

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Explore Arg-e Karimkhan, a museum that once served as a fortress and prison. Built in the 12th century under the Zand dynasty, this massive structure provided work for the period's top architects and artists. Originally used as a royal residence and a seat of administrative power, the renovated fortress now houses displays of traditional Iranian clothing, still worn in many parts of the country. See Arg-e Karimkhan and all Shiraz has to offer by arranging your trip with our Shiraz online tour itinerary planner .
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  • Beautiful brick-wood-stone architecture and garden. Rooms with colorful glasses. Some walls and a tower are subsided by settlements during years, but fixed now. Small memorial statuettes and handicraf...  more »
  • The appearance of this fortress, which recalls the castle of Angers by its mass, is nice, very well renovated. The Interior is much more dilapidated despite approval of a central garden, because all has been transformed into a prison for opponents during the Iranian revolution, what showing many photos of these years very well. Today from important work is intended to give this site its original pomp. A curiosity on the outside: one of the corner towers very tilted... because of an expressway tunnel recently dug underneath...
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  • The Citadel is visible from a distance and when we approach a foot, we discover a beautiful garden around. One of the towers is considered following a collapse in an underground tank, which gives a rather surreal image. Try ice has the rose in one of the many glaciers around the place. It is excellent.
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