The Leaning Tower of The Arg of Karim Khan - Shiraz - Iran by Bryan Freeman
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One of the four towers of the Arg of Karim Khan or Citadel of Karim Khan has a slight lean on it. The fellow walking in front of the tower found me, a stranger to his city, more interesting than this old tower.

If you go to Shiraz you will see many old photos of a pond in front of the entrance to the citadel with a lovely reflection. We went looking for the pond but it no longer exists unfortunately and seems to have been filled in with grass now growing there.

Canon 7D
Canon Lens 15-85mm

HDR, 3 photos (handheld), tonemapped.

20 October 2010 Featured in Canon DSLR Group

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The following is from Wikipedia: – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arg_of_Karim_Khan

The Arg of Karim Khan (Persian: ارگ کريمخاني) is a citadel located in the north-east of Shiraz, southern Iran. It was built as part of a complex during the Zand dynasty and is named after Karim Khan, and served as his living quarters. In shape it resembles a medieval fortress.

At times, the citadel was used as a prison. Today, it is a museum operated by Iran’s Cultural Heritage Organization.

The Arg of Karim Khan is also known as Arge Karim Khan, Arge KarimKhani and Citadel of Karim Khan.

History

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.

The Arg of Karim Khan is located at Shohada Square. It has a land area of 4,000 m2 and is in the centre of a 12,800 m2 compound.[The citadel of Karim Khan consists of four high walls connected by four 14 m round brick towers at a 90-degree angle. Each 12m wall is crenalized and is 3 metres thick at the base and 2.8 metres at the top. The design of the citadel combines military and residential architecture, for it was the home of Karim Khan and the military centre of the dynasty.

James Edward Alexander in 1827 described the citadel as being surrounded by a “deep wet ditch”.

Tile works depicting legendary tales were added at the entrance gate of the citadel during the Qajar period.

The following is from Wikipedia – Shiraz
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiraz
Shiraz, Persian: شیراز [ʃiːˈrɔːz]) is the sixth most populous city in Iran and is the capital of Fars Province. Shiraz is located in the southwest of Iran on the Rudkhaneye Khoshk seasonal river. Shiraz has a moderate climate and has been a regional trade center for more than one thousand years.

The inside of the mosque is shown in the image below:

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  2. Pasargadae
  3. Persia
  4. Esfahan – Iran
  5. Shiraz – Iran
  6. Time Lapse
  7. Black & White
  8. High Dynamic Range – HDR
  9. Birds
  10. Sydney
  11. Luna Park – Sydney
  12. Long Flat – NSW
  13. Sofala
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Comments

  • SPFisher
    SPFisherabout 4 years ago

    wow, hat an incredible sight! beautiful under that light :)

  • Thanks Simone, glad you like it.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • elisab
    elisababout 4 years ago

  • Woohoo, thanks very much for that, greatly appreciate the honour! :-)

    – Bryan Freeman

  • hastypudding
    hastypuddingabout 4 years ago

    love the golden hues you captured…and the architecture with it’s intricateness is superb

  • Thanks very much hasty.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Matt Jones
    Matt Jonesabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature.

  • Thanks Matt.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Chris Armytage™
    Chris Armytage™about 4 years ago

    Superb colour and clarity! Congratulations on your feature!

  • Thanks very much Chris

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Eyal Nahmias
    Eyal Nahmiasabout 4 years ago

    Another competition for pisa…… Thanks for sharing with the Art of the Middle East group.

  • Thanks Eyal

    – Bryan Freeman

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