Yazd is a desert city in the middle of Iran Platea. The land of Zorosterian in Iran is a great touristy city in the heart of the desert with amazing historical areas that made Yazd as UNESCO world heritage site in Iran. Qanat is an intelligent decision to transfer water into the city and also wind catcher that uses the little air to make the houses cooler in hot seasons. Persian gardens are the other amazing monuments in Iran in the desert to make a better place for living. Here are the must to visit on your travel to Yazd.
1.Amir Chakhmagh Complex
Amir Chakhmagh complex is in a square with the same name. The three-story building is one of the biggest buildings in Iran. The complex named after Amir Jalaledin Chakhmagh the governor of Yazd during the Timurid Dynasty. The complex consists of a Tekie (which is a place for Muslim mournings), a caravanserai, a bathhouse a cold water well, and a confectionery. Do not miss the view at night when it lits up with orange lights.
2.Saheb A Zaman Zurkhaneh
An old water reservoir with 5 beautiful wind catchers which is now a Zurkhane(house of Strength) If you are interested in ancient sports that is the right place for you in which Javan mard (gentlemen) exercise using heavy wooden clubs to build muscle. The good news is they have shows every day at 5:00,6:30 and 8:00 PM.
A merchant’s house, named Kolahduz-ha, built-in 1929. since 2000 the mansion became museum .right in front of AmirChakhmagh Complex.in Iran especially in desert cities water was and is a fundamental need for humanity, in this museum you explore the tools and ways that Iranian have done for more than 3000 years to transfer water into the cities or for farming which is known as Qanat. There is a large one under the museum.
4.Dolat Abad Garden
Dolat Abad Persian garden is a pearl in Yazd that attracts a lot of Iranian and foreign tourists yearly. A pavilion with tall trees has made a cool place for the governors used to stay in summer. A fantastic windcatcher is inside the pavilion you will see how it works. Yazd is a famous city in Iran and it owns his fame for windcatcher and Qantas.
5.Jame Mosque of Yazd
One of the most visited attractions of Yazd is Jame mosque(Great Mosque) that is a fine example of Persian and Islamic architecture. This 800 years old, magnificent building graced with a tiled entrance portal (one of the tallest in Iran), flanked by two 48m-high minarets and adorned with inscriptions from the 15th century. the mosque was constructed on the site of a Sassanid fire temple.
6.Old Part of the city in Yazd
The old part of Yazd like nowhere, A UNESCO world heritage site fantastic to spend half a day, buy souvenirs like some handicrafts and potsherd. There are some Cafes that make it possible to see the whole old part of the city from the top. Unlike the big cities, There are a few multiple floor buildings in this area. The historic city of Yazd bears witness to an exceptionally elaborate construction system in earthen architecture and the adaptation of the ways of living to a hostile environment for several millennia. Enjoy being ancient in Yazd.
7.Zoroastrian fire temple(Atashkadeh)
Atashkade or fire temple in Yazd is a holy Zoroastrian temple that is home to Atash Bahram (Victorious Fire) has been burning since 470 AD. Zoroastrians believe that Atash E Bahram which is in Yazd fire temple is the highest grade of fire. They believe in Fire as a symbol of truth and light. Before Islam Iranian were Zoroastrians we can call Yazd as their home, Nowadays a lot of them moved to India.
8.Towers of silence
Towers of silence are two circulate towers rise to the top. According to Zoroastrian’s beliefes, dead parts of the physical body like a clipped nail or cut hair are not clean, ‘Nasu’ as they say. Moreover, physical purity has a close connection with spiritual purity and as soon as the breath (the spirit) has left the physical body, it becomes pollutant, as it is contaminated by This tradition back to more than 3,000 years, bodies arranged on the towers in three concentric circles.
For instance, Men placed in the outer circle, women in the middle, and children in the inner-most ring. The bodies then left until their bones bleached by the elements and stripped by the vultures. However, they do not leave any dead bodies there anymore.
Yazd Bazaar is the connection of several Bazaars from Amir Chakhmagh Bazaar which is gold and jewelry Bazar you can buy handicrafts and everything you need there. The oldest section of this bazaar is Hadji Qanbar bazaar that was in the 9th century AH. Included in the Amir Chakhmaq cultural-historical complex. Do not miss the Bazaar in the cities on your travel to Iran.By having a DaricPay Iran Travelcard you have the access to a debit card in Iran and can buy like a local. Iranian stores hardly ever accept Dollar or Euro.
This beautiful Village is 85 Km far from Yazd, hard to believe but Kharanagh is in the mountainous area near Yazd.Kharanagh means where the sun rises or the birthplace of the sun.Kharanagh is a great place for rural tourism.Kharanagh Caravansarai, Castle and Menarjomban (Shaking Minarets ) are the places you can visit in Kharanagh.
Pir e Sabz or Chak Chak is a famous pilgrimage Zoroastrian center and the history back to the pre-Islamic period. Chak Chak is a very holy place for Zoroastrians and Persians Due to when Arabs were conquering Iran the last pre-Islamic King of Sassanids Yadgerd the Third’s Daughter NikBanou was running away from Arabs Army in 640 AD. she cornered in a mountain and pray to Ahura Mazda (God) to protect her from enemies, at that moment the mountain miraculously opened up and sheltered her from the invaders.
The word Chak Chak comes from the dripping water inside the fire temple’s sound. Legend has it that these drops are tears of grief that the mountain sheds in remembrance of Nikbanou. There is also an immense and ancient tree said to be Nikbanou’s cane.
Every year from June 14 to 18 a lot of Zoroastrians from India, Iran and other countries travel to Yazd to get together at Pir E Sabz fire temple. light candles in lines. For Zoroastrians, fire is a symbol of God’s light they believe in Good thoughts good speech, and Good deeds. See inside the Pir E Sabz temple here
Yazd is a must on your 2 weeks Iran travel itinerary.