The city of Yazd is one of the most favorite tourist destinations in Iran. It is the city of cisterns, wind catchers and adobe-made houses. This amazing city is an oasis in the heart of the Desert of Iran. Definitely, Yazd dazzles each tourist by its numerous splendid tourist attractions. In this article we are going to have a short trip to this historic city of Iran and we will get to know with the spectacular tourist attractions of Yazd. Here are some tips of what to see and what to do in Yazd.
Yazd is the forth greatest province of Iran that is located in the center of Iran, between the deserts of Iran. It’s said that it is one of the oldest cities of the world. Based on historians, the history of Yazd at least dates back to the third Millennium BC. According to them, the city of Yazd was founded on the remains, or nearby, of an older city, named “Kase”. The name of the city is derived from the word “ Yasht”, which is mentioned in the Zoroastrians’ holy book, Avesta, and means worship. However, some others, believe that the name of the city refers to the Sassanid King, Yazd Gerd, who order to establish Yazd.
Yazd is the first adobe-made city and the second historic city of the world, after Venice in Italy, that is registered in the UNESCO’s World Heritage list. The old texture of Yazd is the combination of adobe-made traditional houses, labyrinth Alleys, and some other Historic monuments of Iran such as; Alexander’s prison or “Ziaiyeh” school, the tomb of 12 imams, the museum of water, the museum of anthropology, etc. All of these tourist attractions of Iran can be met in “Fahadan” district witch is oldest neighborhood of Yazd.
Moreover, in the historical texture of Yazd you will encounter the astonishing structures of wind catchers. These traditional and natural air conditioners, are another symbol of the local architecture of Yazd. In addition, Yazd is the city of Qanats. Throughout the history, the habitant of Yazd had to supply water with this innovative technique, they transferred the aquifer by subterranean canals. In fact, with these techniques the habitant of arid lands, such as Yazd, cooled and ventilated their houses. So, make sure meeting these amazing structures along visiting the attractions of Yazd.
Another fascinating tourist site of Iran that is located in Yazd, is Amir Chakhmaq complex. This amazing place is located in a square with the same name and contains different parts such as; a mosque, a bazar, two cisterns, a Tekyeh, it’s a place of gathering for the ceremony of Muharram, a tomb, and a Zurkhane that is the stadium of an Iranian traditional sport. The importance of Amir Chakhmaq square is that, it is the symbol of the city and considered as a place of gathering during the ceremonies and manifestations.
Yazd Jame mosque is one of the must-see places in Iran that represents the history of evolution of the Persian architecture. This historic place is considered to be constructed on the remains of a Sassanid fire temple. Interestingly, the congregational mosque of Yazd possesses the tallest brick-made minarets of Iran, even can be seen from outside of the city. Furthermore, this astonishing Historic Site of Iran is adorned marvelously.
Another tourist attraction of Iran which made the city of Yazd a fascinating touristic Pole, is Dolat Abad garden. This garden is one of the 9 Persian gardens they are registered in the UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Dolat Abad garden contains two sections, “Andaruni” or the residential part and “Biruni” or the official part. More interestingly, this historic place of Iran is characterized by the tallest adobe-made wind catcher in the world. This historic site of Iran was built during the Afshar era, about 300 years ago.
Yazd is the hub of Zoroastrianism in Iran where you have the opportunity of visiting two important Zoroastrians’ religious places, the Zoroastrians’ fire temple and the tower of Silence. Although the fire temple was built during the 19th century, there you will visit an ancient holy fire of Zoroastrians that has been burning for centuries, it’s said 1500 years. But in the Tower of Silence you will Encounter the ritual of Zoroastrians’ burial. In fact, these tourist site of Iran were the cemetery of Zoroastrians. So, getting to know with the oldest religion in the world, is another advantage of your journey to Iran, beside visiting some outstanding attractions of Iran, especially in Yazd.
A long your journey to Iran and immersing in the wonders of Yazd, you will have the opportunity of visiting some famous historic places of Iran, getting to know with the oldest religion of the world, some Iranian traditional houses, natural air conditioners, an old innovative technique of transferring aquifer and some other fascinating attractions. Reyhan-Travel is one of the best tour operators of Iran and provides the best tour packages of tours to Iran, especially cultural tours to Iran, trekking tours in Iran, historic tours, etc.