The fortress is used for military purposes and is firmly closed, though a tea bazaar huddles at its eastern edge.

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Nearby Iran attractions

1. Asef Mansion

0.15 MILES

A fascinating museum of Kurdish culture awaits in a restored two-storey mansion dating back to the Safavids, complete with subterranean hammam. Mannequins…

2. Lotfolla Sheik-al-Islam Mansion

0.17 MILES

The well-renovated Qajar Lotfolla Sheikh-al-Islam Mansion houses the regional museum, whose orosi (multicoloured windows) – said to have 42,000 pieces of…

3. Khan Hammam

0.17 MILES

One of several historic hammams of Sanandaj, the unusual 1805 Khan Hammam has grey-and-white floral and bird motifs, attractive tiling and remarkably…

4. Masjed-e Jameh

0.19 MILES

This Qajar-era mosque was built for Amonulla Khan, with tiled twin minarets, 32 interior domes and two verandas.

5. Moshir Divan

0.22 MILES

This iconic Qajar mansion, one of several historic buildings in town that are undergoing excruciatingly slow renovations, hides seven courtyards behind…

6. Khosroabad Mansion

0.76 MILES

This formerly grand mansion was once the palace of Amonulla Khan. It has an impressive central courtyard with reflecting pools but is otherwise now in a…