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Yazd is one of the most well-known desert cities of Iran.

Many Iranians and foreign tourists like to visit Yazd to view the architecture typically found in desert areas, DestinationIran reported.

It is known as the city of wind towers, Zoroastrians, termeh (traditional brocade), silk weaving and sweets (like baqlava and qotab).

A trip to Yazd will make you familiar with life in desert towns and how people cope with it. You learn about qanat (underground water supply system) for which Iranians are well-known.

The water reservoirs, icehouses, wind-towers and pigeon towers  make the visit to Yazd worthwhile, as tourists explore the uniqueness of this ancient city.

Yazd is located 270 km southeast of Isfahan province and with a population of approximately 560,000,  it attracts a growing number of tourists.

The city is hot and dry in summer due to its location, which is between the two main deserts of Dasht-e Kavir and the Kavir-e Lut.

Traditionally, Yazd is famous for termeh, the brocades made with Iranian patterns and used in dresses, bags, footwear and interior decoration.

The ancient caravan routes went through Yazd and linked major cities of the world. Its earlier residents were more involved in trade than agriculture.

At present, many tile and porcelain factories are operating outside Yazd, attracting laborers and producing good-quality products for domestic as well as international markets.

 

Attractions inside Yazd

 

Every year, lots of international travelers visit Yazd’s tourist attractions and spend at least one full day exploring the beauty of its local architecture.

Some of these attractions, which are less well known, are outlined below:

Water Museum: Affiliated to the water organization, this museum showcases how water has been supplied using various tools, methods and traditions. This is probably the best museum of water in the entire country with this topic.

Varahram Fire Temple: The most famous fire temple of Zoroastrians, Varahram is widely known for the age of its fire, which is approximately 1,500 years old and never extinguished.

Fahadan Residential Quarter: This is the oldest part of the city where houses are made of sun-dried bricks and walls are made of mud and straw. Some of the oldest monuments of the city are found here.

Boqeh Davazdeh Imam (12 Shia Imams Garden) : This is the oldest structure in Yazd still standing as a memorial building constructed approximately 900 years ago in honor of 12 Shia Imams.

Dolatabad Garden: This is a typical Persian Garden that used to be the house of Yazd governor in 18th century with the tallest wind-tower of Yazd, measuring 22 meters.

 

Attractions outside Yazd

 

The people who visit Yazd, take a trip to explore other tourist attractions outside the city, most of which are located in Meybod . Here’s a list of them:

Shah Abbasi Caravansary (in Meybod): In Safavid era, Shah Abbas started building several caravansaries to promote trade and business. This spacious one used to be near the old town of Meybod.

Chapar-Khaneh (in Meybod): This was a mailing service station operated first by horses carrying any parcels to various destinations and later by vehicles until early 20th century.

Chack Chak (near Ardakan): Known as Pir-e-Sabz, it is the most sacred of the mountain shrines respected by Zoroastrians.

Narin Qaleh (in Meybod): This fortress is said to have been built approximately 5,000 years ago, but it has certainly existed at the time of the Medean empire. Sassanian bricks were used in it and Meybod’s governor used to live here.