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Karim Khan Citadel
Karim Khan Citadel

Karim Khan Citadel is a military residential garden which located in the downtown Shiraz, southern Iran. It is also known as Arg-e Karim Khan.

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Karim Khan Citadel is symbol of Zand dynasty architecture, which was the living quarters of the Royal family. Specific architectural style outside, Different Islamic architecture elements inside, geometrical site plan, and the night view of this historical area, make there one of the most touristic locations in Shiraz. Moreover, Karim Khan Citadel was used as the prison during the Pahlavi era. Currently, it is a museum operated by Cultural Heritage organization of Shiraz.

Karim Khan Citadel 


The equivalent of citadel in Islamic architecture is named Arg. Karim Khan Citadel with area of 4000 square meters, has tall walls with four defensive brick towers in the corners. Each side of the Karim Khan Citadel has 125 meters length with 15 meters high.

This historical citadel has a military residential style which covered with brick facade. In the inner part of the citadel, we face a different atmosphere; the space with porches (Iwan), painted rooms, Fountain and gardens.

The residential part of Karim Khan Citadel located on the northern, southern and western side contains a porch (Iwan) and six rooms with Islamic architectural elements in around. The rooms connected from the inside and trimmed with marvelous Islamic ornamentation such as Muqarnas. Moreover, the entrance to the citadel is on the eastern side which including the private bath of Karim Khan. 

Karim Khan Citadel


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Karim Khan Citadel



This historical bath is located on the eastern side of Karim Khan Citadel. It was used by Loyal Family.

In the inner part of the Bath, we face a different architecture style; the space with vault, an Octagonal pond in the middle and a corridor that connected this area to the main space for taking a bath.

It has an area as the locker room with four Platforms which people spend time together in an intimate atmosphere. Also, some traditional act was done at this place such as Hejamat (Cupping therapy), Tattoos, and massaging.

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Late April and early May is the best time to visit the Karim Khan Citadel. At this time you can smell the fragrance of Orange blossom and enjoy the beauty of Spring.


2019-02-05 | by Niloofar Gerami
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