Qal'eh Dokhtar Palace, Fizurabad, Iran - Reconstruction

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Illustration

Jan van der Crabben
by Budget Direct
published on 14 May 2021

Qal’eh Dokhar was built by Ardašīr I as a “barrier fortress” during his 3rd century founding of the Sasanian Empire in Iran. The fortress’s third floor housed his royal residence but was eventually supplanted by a greater palace he built nearby.

Because it is fortified, Qal’eh Dokhtar is technically a castle, not a palace. However, in the face of its stunning walls, who would quibble over labels? Qal’eh Dokhtar boasts perhaps the earliest example of an Iranian chartaq—a square of four arches supporting a dome—which became an important feature of traditional Iranian architecture.

This reconstruction was commissioned by Budget Direct, a travel insurance company.

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APA Style

Direct, B. (2021, May 14). Qal'eh Dokhtar Palace, Fizurabad, Iran - Reconstruction. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/14020/qaleh-dokhtar-palace-fizurabad-iran---reconstructi/

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Direct, Budget. "Qal'eh Dokhtar Palace, Fizurabad, Iran - Reconstruction." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified May 14, 2021. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/14020/qaleh-dokhtar-palace-fizurabad-iran---reconstructi/.

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Direct, Budget. "Qal'eh Dokhtar Palace, Fizurabad, Iran - Reconstruction." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 14 May 2021. Web. 05 Feb 2023.

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