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10 top Yazd Attractions

Yazd is the 15th largest city in Iran and since 2017 is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. 



1) Amir Chakhmaq Complex

Yazd’s architectural centerpiece which dates back to the 15th century, the Amir Chakhmaq complex is located in the heart of the city. This complex includes Tekieh (religious theatre), square, bath, caravansaries, monastery, pastry house, water well and, more important of all, Amir Chakhmagh mosque.  The surrounding square has a number of good sweet and ice cream shops.

2) Zoroastrian Ateshkadeh

Yazd is the center of Zoroastrianism, an ancient monotheistic religion that dates back to around 3500 years ago, in Iran. The Ateshkadeh, or Fire Temple, is the most important and home to Atash Bahram (Victorious Fire), containing a central fire that has allegedly been burning since the 5th century A.D.

3) Towers of Silence

Rising from a solemn desert landscape, these two ominous-sounding Towers of Silence, raised structures to sit atop adjacent hills. Until as recently as the 1960s, in accordance with tradition, were used by Zoroastrians for exposure of the dead, particularly to scavenging birds.

4) Chak Chak

Iran’s most important Zoroastrian pilgrimage site, Chak Chak is in a desert near to Yazd. A tiny cliff-side village, according to legend the rock face opened up and offered refuge to Nikbanu, the daughter of the last pre-Islamic ruler, from the encroaching Arab invaders. The temple of Chak Chak, which is the Persian for ‘drip drip,’ contains an ever-dripping spring, said to be the mountain weeping in remembrance of Princess Nikbanu.

5) Old Town

The well-preserved, still inhabited Old Town in Yazd, with its warren-like streets and intriguing nooks and crannies, has been in place for 1000s of years in Iran. The yellow-brown of the mud-brick buildings, and the constructional material and especially mud-straw layers on top/facade demonstrate just how dry this city is, and the Badgirs which poke out periodically are a scenic reminder of the ingenuity of Yazd’s traditional architecture.

6) Jame Mosque

Visible from all around the Old Town is the exquisite Jame Mosque. The mosque is depicted on the obverse of the Iranian 200 Rials banknote too. The 14th–century structure reportedly has the highest minarets in the country, and exemplifies Iranian-Islamic architecture with its delicate blue-mosaic tile work. According to the historians, the mosque was constructed in the site of the Sassanid fire temple. The intricacies and inscriptions of the grand iwan are a particular highlight.

7) Dowlatabad Garden

Dowlatabad Garden located in Yazd is a Persian architecture jewels. The 18th-century Garden is an authentic Iranian garden that annually attracts thousands of domestic and foreign tourists. This is a complex built according to the original Iranian architectural style and consists of a large garden and some buildings. With an abundance of fountains, cypress trees, and pomegranates, the Bagh-e Dowlatabad can be said to capture the quintessence of the Persian garden.

8) A night in the desert

If you’ve come to the desert city, it makes no sense to leave without visiting the desert. Just outside the city borders, the Bafgh Desert is a sight of great, soft, sand dunes; contrasting with the high and rigid buildings in the city. Make sure to visit at night because the daytime sun makes it impossible to enjoy, even in the coldest of seasons. You can ride camels up the sand dunes, and surf on your way down, but the best experience would be to spend the night and enjoy the beautiful desert sunrise in the morning.

9) Water Museum

This 12-year-old Museum displays the tool, techniques used for the past 4000 years in Iran in creating underground waterways (called Qanats) and connecting them to the city and field locations for agricultural and other uses. Before the Romans built their Aqueducts, Iranians had built an extensive system of underground. A lot of these systems are still functioning today; in fact there is large one under this museum.

10) Lari House

This house was built in 1286 Ebrahim Lari. They used to use this building as a house for Darvishes of the Ne'mat-o-Allahi sect in the past. Its door, windows, sash windows and painted rooms decorated with mirrors, caused it to be one of the beautiful and splendid aristocratic houses of the thirteenth century AH.


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