Dating from the Zand period, the Nazar (EyeCatching) Garden is much reduced today, as compared to its original dimensions. However, it enjoys a deserved fame, particularly for its small, octagonal pavilion called kolah-farangi (the European Hat). In this building, Karim Khan received foreign ambassadors and other high-ranking guests.
This structure served as a seat of the government or a ministry during the Karim Khan's rule, and people brought their petitions there. The building was once reached by going east from the Citadel through an arched gateway, which opened onto a garden and a spacious courtyard with two ornamental pools in front of the main structure.
Karim Khan Citadel
After Karim Khan chose Shiraz as the capital, he ordered repairs to the city's fortifications, which included a rampart and a ditch. As part of the reinforcement work, he also commissioned the creation of a fortified residential and administrative district in the center of the city. The exact date of construction of the Citadel is uncertain, but it is surely one of the first buildings started and completed in Shiraz under the Zand rule.