Yazd, the “Noble city” of Marco Polo, is an ancient city with a history of over 5,000 years dating back to the Median Empire. Yazd is one of the important cities of the Silk Road called “the bride of the desert” with a completely arid climate. It has lots of cultural, historical and natural attractions which caused the whole city to be considered in the tentative list of UNESCO. Yazd is a famous symbol of Persian architecture for its unique wind catchers, essential for hot areas, and magnificent tile works of the mosques and minarets. Wandering around and getting lost in the maze of ancient narrow streets is a bliss that travelers always talk about after their visit. Another highlight of this city is the Zoroastrian sites. You can see the symbol of Zoroastrianism, Faravahar, everywhere in the town.
Some reasons that has made Yazd as one of the must-see cities of Iran:
- Considered as the second historic city in the world by UNESCO with unique architecture
- Being the home of Zoroastrian culture
- Known as the magnificent mud-brick old town
- Having picturesque buildings hidden behind walls from busy streets
- Producing high quality handicrafts, especially silk weaving and famous traditional sweets
- Being the hub of Muharram rituals in Iran
- Having lots of unique villages and towns such as Kharanaq, Saryazd, Meybod and Mehriz
The most distinguished characteristic of Yazd City is its architecture specific to desert areas. City of badgirs (wind-chatchers) is the first mud brick (adobe) city in the world and second historical city of the world, after Venice in Italy. These characteristics are considered as justifiable reasons as for not missing the opportunity to travel to the city.