geographer Yaqut wrote of Kangavar in 1220; he says the place was the
haunt of bandits, locally called either Qasr-i Shirin, 'castle of Shirin'
after Khosro's favorite wife, or more often Qasr al-Lasus, the 'Robber
Castle'. He wrote: "The Robber Castle is a very remarkable monument,
and there is a platform some twenty cubits above the ground and on it
there are vast portals, palaces, and pavilions, remarkable for their
solidity and their beauty."