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 Silk Road called “the bride of the desert” with a completely desert climate. It owns lots of cultural, historical and natural attractions which caused the whole city being considered in the tentative list of UNESCO. Yazd is a famous symbol of Persian architecture for its unique wind catchers, useful for hot areas, and magnificent tile works of the mosques and minarets. Wondering 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:
• Considering 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
• Owning picturesque buildings hidden behind the wall from the busy street
• Producing high quality handicrafts, especially silk weaving and famous traditional sweets
• Being the hub of Muharram rituals in Iran
551 km2 (213 sq mi)
Center of Iran
1,574 m (5,217 ft)
Cold desert climates (BW)
Avg Annual Temperature
28.2 °C (July , Warmest )
2.2 °C. (January, Coldest)
The Amir Chakhmaq Complex is an architectural masterpiece which is located in the heart of the city. The complex is consists of a caravanserai, a tekyeh (a place for religious mourning rituals), a public bath, a cold water well and a confectionery. It is a public place for national and religious events of the city. Amir Chakhmaq dates back to the 15th century, although it has undergone numerous renovations.
Zoroastrianism is an ancient religion for about 3500 years ago. It was the principal religion in Iran before the Islamic conquests, and it still lives on in some parts. Yazd is the centre of Zoroastrianism in the country. The Fire Temple, called Atashkadeh in Persian, is one of the most important heritage sites of Zoroastrianism and contains a central fire that has been burning since the 5th century A.D.
Upon the views of travelers the most fascinating Zoroastrian site is the Tower of silence known as Gur Dakhmeh among the locals. Tower of Silence is located outside the city rises from desert landscape on a hill; until as recently as the 1960s the bodies of Zoroastrians were left in the towers’ central holes for scavenger birds. There are also abandoned Zoroastrian buildings at the base of the hills.
The Yazd’s Jame Mosque is visible from all around the Old Town. The mosque is a charming symbol of Persian-Islamic architecture with its elegant blue-mosaic tile work and the highest minarets of Iran. It dates back to 14th century but some elements of the mosque were made at 12th century.
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