A small garden runs beside the walls of the Arg of Karim Khan in Shiraz

A small garden runs beside the walls of the Arg of Karim Khan in Shiraz

A guy sleeping in the winter sunshine beside the castle walls

A guy sleeping in the winter sunshine beside the castle walls

Walls of the Arg of Karim Khan - it is also known as Castle of Karim Khan, Citadel of Karim Khan and Arg-e Karim Khani

Walls of the Arg of Karim Khan - it is also known as Castle of Karim Khan, Citadel of Karim Khan and Arg-e Karim Khani

The high walls of this castle are protected by four 14m-high circular towers on each corner

The high walls of this castle are protected by four 14m-high circular towers on each corner

This tower on the southeastern side is slightly leaning, it is due to the underground cistern that served as the Arg’s bathhouse

This tower on the southeastern side is slightly leaning, it is due to the underground cistern that served as the Arg’s bathhouse

Looking closely at one of the towers - one thing which is very obvious is that these towers are decorated with great details

Looking closely at one of the towers - one thing which is very obvious is that these towers are decorated with great details

A sign is erected close to the entry gate of the castle

A sign is erected close to the entry gate of the castle

This castle is well protected with 12 m wall which is 3 meters thick at the base

This castle is well protected with 12 m wall which is 3 meters thick at the base

Area above the entrance of the castle - this building was the royal court of Karim Khan Zand

Area above the entrance of the castle - this building was the royal court of Karim Khan Zand

Arg of Karim Khan was built between 1766-67

Arg of Karim Khan was built between 1766-67

This castle was also used as the living quarters

This castle was also used as the living quarters

Floor area which goes around the central courtyard is laid with the stones

Floor area which goes around the central courtyard is laid with the stones

This underground cistern was the bathhouse of the castle

This underground cistern was the bathhouse of the castle

Sky lights were used to allow natural light into the bathhouse

Sky lights were used to allow natural light into the bathhouse

The design and decorations of this bathhouse is typical Persian in style

The design and decorations of this bathhouse is typical Persian in style

This small corridor connects other parts of the royal bathhouse

This small corridor connects other parts of the royal bathhouse

A dried pool inside the hammam (bathhouse)

A dried pool inside the hammam (bathhouse)

Interior of the bathhouse inside the Arg of Karim Khan

Interior of the bathhouse inside the Arg of Karim Khan

Inside the bathhouse of the castle

Inside the bathhouse of the castle

Water was channeled into this bathouse and it was stored here, during winter months water was heated

Water was channeled into this bathouse and it was stored here, during winter months water was heated

In the past, this building was also used as a prison

In the past, this building was also used as a prison

A model of the Arg of Karim Khan

A model of the Arg of Karim Khan

Bust of Karim Khan Zand - he ruled Iran from 1751 to 1779

Bust of Karim Khan Zand - he ruled Iran from 1751 to 1779

This steps were high to climb - in order to lower the height small slabs were placed

This steps were high to climb - in order to lower the height small slabs were placed

This is the souvenir shop of this castle which is also the workshop for the artists

This is the souvenir shop of this castle which is also the workshop for the artists

The rectangular courtyard inside measures 93.6 m by 72.8 m - it contains two pools and a garden

The rectangular courtyard inside measures 93.6 m by 72.8 m - it contains two pools and a garden

In the past, lower parts of the courtyard were adorned with large carved stone panels

In the past, lower parts of the courtyard were adorned with large carved stone panels

Stained glass is used to enhance the beauty of these rooms

Stained glass is used to enhance the beauty of these rooms

This is the western side of the castle where a large room is flanked by smaller rooms

This is the western side of the castle where a large room is flanked by smaller rooms

Ceiling of the Arg of Karim Khan

Ceiling of the Arg of Karim Khan

These wax figures depict that Karim Khan is receiving some European representative

These wax figures depict that Karim Khan is receiving some European representative

A side view of the reception in the main room

A side view of the reception in the main room

Stained glass is used to decorate the room

Stained glass is used to decorate the room

Karim Khan used the best architects and artists of the time  to build this beautiful castle

Karim Khan used the best architects and artists of the time to build this beautiful castle

During the Qajar period it was used as the governor's seat

During the Qajar period it was used as the governor's seat

After the fall of the Qajar Dynasty it was converted into a prison

After the fall of the Qajar Dynasty it was converted into a prison

In 1971, Iran's Cultural Heritage Organisation took control tp care for this building

In 1971, Iran's Cultural Heritage Organisation took control tp care for this building

In 1977, this castle was renovated

In 1977, this castle was renovated

Few paintings on display in an open area of the castle

Few paintings on display in an open area of the castle

This photo shows the famous city of Persepolis which was the capital of the Persian Empire

This photo shows the famous city of Persepolis which was the capital of the Persian Empire

An old photograph of Shiraz - this area was known as Meidan Topkhane (The Square of the Guns)

An old photograph of Shiraz - this area was known as Meidan Topkhane (The Square of the Guns)

Here army is shown with pitched tents outside Shiraz during the Qajar period

Here army is shown with pitched tents outside Shiraz during the Qajar period

Exterior of the main room on the western side

Exterior of the main room on the western side

Local Shirazi gathering beside the Arg of Karim Khan in the evening

Local Shirazi gathering beside the Arg of Karim Khan in the evening