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Yazd

Desert Home of the Zoroastrian

Yazd is an important desert town with original architecture, home of the Zoroastrian religion espoused by the Achaemanian kings

The Friday Mosque- an outstanding 14th century edifice, awesome blend of grandeur, finesse and one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in the central Iran. The Friday Mosque, lies in the heart of Yazd. It was once the focus of a complex of buildings and a Sassanid fire temple originally existed in its site. The lofty entrance portal of the mosque is completely unique with its two towering minarets which are the tallest in Iran

Towers of Silence- the town’s atmospheric burial ground.The tower lie on hilltops outside in the immediate vicinity of the city. They do overlook an impressive desert scenery and mountain landscape. Formerly the Zoroastrians used these towers in order to expose the corpse of the believers to birds, vultures and crows in particular

Ateshkade (Fire Temple)- a Zoroastrian temple with an eternal flame said to have burned for more than 1500 years.The sacred flame of the temple, which is considered to be the symbol of the God of Light, has been burning for the past 3000 years, which makes the place one of the most important fire temples for the Zoroastrians, so that the believers from the whole world come to venerate the sacred and eternal fire. This fire temple is located on a hill in a small garden and is surrounded by evergreen trees. There is also a large round pool in the courtyard, which offers a vivid reflection of the temple for artistic photography. A couple of paintings, including the Zoroaster’s, can be pointed out as another attraction of the place. The initiated meet at the fire, but nobody apart form the Grand Priest, who is a descendant of the Magi, has access to the Saint of Saints. There exists a winged figure atop the facade as well. This figure is the visual representation of the supreme god in Zoroastrianism

Amir Chakhmagh Mosque- a breathtaking construction and one of the most valuable artistic historical heritages and treasures of the Islamic-national architecture. The primary foundation of this mosque belongs to Ala’oddoleh Garshasb Al-e Bouyeh, 13th century. But the present mosque belongs to Al-e Mozaffar and Teymuri’s period in 14 & 15th centuries. Stability of the construction, fine and interesting tile works, high front piece, two inscriptions one in Kufic script and another in Sols on azure mosaic tiles by the glorious door-sill, two beautiful minarets and tile worked decorations of interior walls of sanctuary and also exterior and interior of the dome are of artistic and architecture privileges of this monument. The height of the minarets is 48 m. and, of the front piece is 24m. This monument has been named Now Jaame’ Mosque, too. This complex has been founded in 14th century.

The Fire temple of Chak Chak- The name of this fire-temple originates in the water dripping from the stone-cut mountains. This important Zoroastrian fire-temple is located on a hill 52 km to the north-northeast of Yazd. Every year thousands of pilgrims gather in this place for an annual festival, which lasts for ten days

Dolatabad Garden- is an 18th century garden pavilion that belonged to the Karim Khan Zand, famouse for its beautiful stained-glass windows and intricate lattice work. The Dowlat Abad garden is regarded as one of the sites worth visiting due to verdant gardening skill in landscape architecture, irrigation method, and in the richness of architectural design.

Alexander’s Prison-This 15th century prison is generally believed to have been built by Alexander the Great to detain the Iranian elite. Even the city was known with this same name during the first century after the advent of Islam. The once-dungeon edifice lies in the heart of the old city of Yazd. It has a domed roof which is very interesting. There is also a well and some nooks in the courtyard

House of Lari: a Qajar period and well-preserved home of a local merchant with traditional architecture, stained glass windows, doors, bagirs, elegant archways and alcoves.

Badgir – All traditional houses in old town of Yazd have Badgir build in. Badgir is an age-old air conditioners wind towers and an important elements in traditional Iranian architecture, providing natural air-conditioning in hot, dry and humid climates for thousands of years.

Zurkhaneh Saheb a Zaman (house of strength) – A traditional Persian body building club with its unique architecture.

Tomb of the 12 imams: an 11th century tomb from Seljuq period (1037-1157) with fine inscription names of 12 Shiite Imams. Although none of imams are actually buried in this tomb.

The Fire- temple of Chak Chak-The name of this fire-temple originates in the water dripping from the stone-cut mountains. This important Zoroastrian fire-temple is located on a hill 52 km to the north-northeast of Yazd. Every year thousands of pilgrims gather in this place for an annual festival, which lasts for ten days.


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