Ark or Arg means kale in Persian. The local name of this place is Arg-e Alishah or Arg-e Tabriz. Yes, once here has been a mosque, or, a mosque has been inside this kale, that is why you will never find any local person to call this as mosque. Anyway, from historical point of view, Arg-Alishah is a building that has been built of masonry materials. The walls' width are more than 10 m in some sections with about 30 m in height.
The Arg complex has been built about 400 years ago by Khaje Tajoddin Aishah of Gurkanis dynasty as a complex of defense utility, emergency storage, mosque, shrine, etc. Nowadays there are just ruins of this complex and one can see just 3 major walls remaining from that outstanding complex. Arg is a symbol of Tabriz City as the pioneer of freedom and constitution in Iran. About 70 years ago, a small park, a very nice theater, and the national library's local building have been added to the complex.
In about 1990, a part of the Arg complex including the theater, park, and the library has been ruined by the Imam of prayers of the Province claimed to return the Mosque to be a mosque. Now a Friday Prayers Mosque has been built in vicinity of the Arg.
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