(Persia Digest) - Karim Khan Citadel is one of the historic monuments of Shiraz in southern Iran which is located in the city center. This structure belongs to the Zand era and is considered one of the best tourist attractions of Shiraz.
Its architecture dates back to 1108 AH, and it has had its own special function in each era. For example, it was the king's residence during the Zand reign, while it was converted into a prison in Pahlavi era.
Karim Khan Citadel has an area of 4000 square meters with very tall walls reaching twelve meters. The facade of this building is brick and in fact its design is both residential and military. Generally speaking, the citadel is a flawed trapezoid which is said to be due to the fact that at the time of construction, architects concluded that a part of the northwest soil was unsuitable for such a large building and if it was constructed, settlement would occur; so it was decided to build the structure towards the west.
All the rooms in the residential section of this citadel are interconnected.
The entrance door of the citadel is located on the eastern side, decorated with a very large painting depicting the scene of Rustam and White Div battle (a story from Ferdowsi's Shahnameh). This tile painting was added to the citadel during the Qajar era. Another attraction on the east side is the king's private bathroom where attempts have been made to keep it intact.
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