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Arge Karim Khan, Shiraz

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Explore Arge Karim Khan, 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. Arrange to visit Arge Karim Khan and other attractions in Shiraz using our Shiraz holiday planner.
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  • This great building, due to a side lower down, sloping eckturms, of the brick jewelry factory and the large courtyard especially spectacular, dominated the historic core of the picturesque town of shiraz. He is Center of urban action and starting point for varied tourist discovery tours, as are many other attractions in walking environment.
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  • Arg Karinkhan was build as a castle for our great King of history "Karimkhan Zqnd" or "Vakil oroaya" means "the lawer of people" as he called himeself of Zand dynasty whose capital city was Shiraz.It ...  more »
  • I paid the 200k IRR entrance fee to go inside this one. Being a foreigner and paying 7x the local rate I felt some level of justification in going directly to the front of the queue and then going str...  more »
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  • It reminds me of the Leaning Tower of Piza. Powerful structure. I liked it. I had an opportunity to mix here with different strata of Iranian society - soldiers, teenagers, ladies wearing their usual head scarves, etc. All of them very nice, polite people.
  • It is good to visit only the outside. Inside is alright compare to other historical places in Shiraz
  • I think it is a good place to visit only in the outside. The ticket was expensive relative to other sight. But it is still good to have a look if budget allows.
  • Arg-e-Karim Khan was built in 1180 AH (1766-7). Karim Khan invited the best architects and artists of the time and bought the best materials from other cities and abroad for the construction of the citadel of Karim Khan, which was quickly constructed. During the Zand dynasty it was used by the king as living quarters. During the Qajar period it was used as the governor's seat. Prince Abdolhosein Mirza Farmanfarma, governor of Fars Province, ordered the miniatures in the citadel to be renovated. After the fall of the Qajar Dynasty it was converted into a prison and the paintings were plastered over. In 1971 it was given to Iran's Cultural Heritage Organization. The renovation of the citadel started in 1977.
  • A must see place of Shiraz with a great garden