January 11, 2021
Northeast of Shohada Square, a huge building will attract your attention, a valuable relic of the Zandieh era, Karim Khan Citadel. It is distinguished from other parts of the city by its walls, towers, and fortifications. Karim Khan Zand, inspired by Safavid architecture, built a large square in the city of Shiraz and dedicated the western side of this square to his inner palace and a place for the royal family to live in, which was mistakenly called a citadel.
The citadel is 4000 square meters. Its 4 towers indicate a defensive structure. The moat that existed around the building at that time also shows the high security and importance of the building's defensive features. Interestingly enough, one of the towers was tilted, much like the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
In the inner part of the citadel, however, we encounter a different atmosphere: a space with painted porches and rooms, fountains, and gardens, all of which have special elegance. Marble and limestone can be seen in the structure of the building. Some of the masons of the time have also left signs on the stones.
Karim Khan Citadel is located in the center of Shiraz and dates back to the reign of Zandieh dynasty. The building has both military and residential purpose. The outer and inner parts of the citadel are completely contrary to one another. It’s no surprise that this monument is the heart of Zandieh complex.