Khorshid (Sun) Palace or Khorshid Mansion is one of the most elegant palaces in Iran that was built to the order of Nadir Shah Afshar, founder of Afsharieh Dynasty at the beginning of his reign and in 1108 solar year. The palace is in Kalat City and 150 kilometers from Mashhad in Khorasan Razavi Province.
This palace is in the center of an enormous garden and has three floors. It is a tombyard and not a living place or king palace. It was built with the intention of being Nadir Shah’s shrine. However, it was never completed and it was left half-way when Nadir Shah died. The interior inscriptions hold verses of Naba’ Surah that is about death and life after death. The shape of the building also confirms this issue. Changes were applied on it in the next periods by Qajar people so that it would become suitable for settlement and government.
Enormous and heavy stones of the building with topics of tropical fruits and birds such as parrot are signs of the fact that the stone carvers probably have been brought from India by Nadir Shah since fruits likes banana, pineapple and so on did not exist in Iran at that time, let alone stone carvers being able to carves them on stones.