Asia, Middle East: Iran

Citadel Gate of Semnan City


The construction of Citadel gate of Semnan City (Arq), which continued the gate of the governmental Citadel of Damqan, was commissioned by "Anoushirvan Mirza Zia-oddoleh", the governor of county "Qomes", during the reign of Qajar dynasty, Nassereddin Shah.

According to Northern and Southern inscriptions of the building, its construction was completed in 1884-85.

Tile-work decoration of this gate includes a scene of the fight between "Rostam" and "White Div", and also portraits of thy Qajar military commanders.

Inscriptions of the gate were written by "Seyed Baqer Tabatabai Semnani", famous calligrapher of Qajar period.
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