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“Symbol of resistance”

Ranked #5 of 37 things to do in Tabriz
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Tabriz
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“Symbol of resistance”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2013

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.

Visited August 2013
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“an Old castle”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2012

its a castle, about 4000 years old castle!
Islamic rejim tried to destroy it after the revolution but some aware people didn't let them to do so

Visited August 2012
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“THIS IS NOT A MOSQUE. It is something like castle, but today it is close to the main mosque of Tabriz”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2012

Tabriz has been completely destroyed by many severe earthquakes in recent centuries, but the ARK ALISHAH is a place which has survived and is the symbol of Tabriz's resistance.

Visited August 2012
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Tabriz, Iran
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“Ignored by everyone”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2012

The gigantic structure is made of bricks with a history behind it. There was once a very beautiful theater next to it which was ruined. Many attempts were made to destroy and demolish the structure as well! I wonder why one would even think about demolishing it and why this is not protecetd by UNESCO or ...? Definitely visit it and you will be excited by its size.

Visited May 2012
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“An old monument”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2012

It is a very amazing place, but I suppose it's not allowed to visit the inside.

Visited July 2011
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