Qal’eh-e Doktar

Ruins in Firuz Abad

This three-tiered palace sits atop a steep hill, a 20-minute climb above the footbridge that crosses the road. Made of rock and gypsum, it was Ardashir’s first attempt at creating a palace, and its position and fortification reflect the lingering Parthian threat of the time. While crumbling, it’s not difficult to imagine the palace’s original layout.