Yazd tourist attractions are more historical than anything else. Since Yazd is one of the oldest cities of Iran, as a result of its historical wonders, this ancient city has become the first historical brick city of Iran. Also, it has called the second historical city in the world.
Not to mention, Yazd is one of the first names on the UNESCO world heritage list. So Yazd is an international city with brick monuments, known as the city of windcatchers and Qanats. A city that in every corner, a part of the history of human civilization exists. And leaves visitors and tourists in astonishment and speechless.
Therefore, in this article, we take a brief look at some of the tourist attractions of Yazd. Then introduce you to some of the most famous of these wonderful and amazing sights:
Jameh Mosque of Yazd is definitely one of the historical masterpieces of Iran. And in every corner of this mosque, there are relics from different eras.
The Jameh Mosque of Yazd, which shines like an irreplaceable pearl in the city of Yazd, is located on the west side of Imam Khomeini Street and one of the old neighborhoods of the city.
of course, this is one of the fantastic tourist attractions of Yazd city that has been built about 100 years ago and has seen three historical imperial periods.
Sassanids (dynasty era) built the main foundations of the mosque. Subsequently, the current building of the mosque, in terms of architectural style, belongs to two periods of the Azeri dynasty.
Also, the construction of the dome belongs to the Ilkhanate period. And the portal of the mosque belongs to the Timurid period. This building is famous for its dome, high and tall entrance, as well as beautiful and unique tiling.
The fire temple is the name of a Zoroastrian shrine where the fire can be seen in a special place. Not to mention the most important religious prayers, including the recitation of Avesta Gathas, are used to perform here, in front of the fire. So Zoroastrian fire temple in Yazd (also called Yazd Atash Behram or Atash Varham), is a place for keeping the sacred Zoroastrian fire, but that is not all.
Mysteriously and extraordinarily, the fire inside this temple has been lit for 1500 years. Therefore, visitors can see the fire temple through the glass and have a glance at an ancient fire.
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The mysterious tower of silence is among the attractions of Yazd, especially for tourists.
Surely, this ancient monument also called Zoroastrian’s Dakhmeh, is located on a sedimentary Dakhmeh mountain and has been a sacred place for Zoroastrians for many years.
In fact, this tower is a place where Zoroastrians used to place the bodies of their dead to be eaten by predators and birds.
Zoroastrian’s Dakhmeh is near Yazd, 15 km southeast of the city. Indeed, it is one of the largest and most important crypts of Zoroastrians in the world.
On the top of the mountain, there are two tower-like circular stone structures with an empty belly-like middle.
The Zoroastrians considered the world to consist of the four elements of water, fire, earth, and air. Also, they did not consider death as destruction but as a journey to another world. So in Zoroastrianism, mourning for the dead was strictly forbidden. Thus, they used to take the dead to the silent tower or crypt to return his or her body to nature without contaminating the natural elements.
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The most important square in Yazd is called Amir Chakhmaq. And it is one of the tourist attractions of this city with an interesting history. Indeed the Amir Chakhmaq complex includes a bazaar, a reliance, a mosque, and two water reservoirs dating back to the Timurid period.
Amir Seyyed Jalaluddin, the just ruler of the city, ordered to dig a well near the mosque and built a bathhouse for people. Then he ordered the construction of the square and the architects, builders, and designers joined hands to build it. But he died before he could see the complete construction of the square. After that, his wife Fatemeh Khatoon continued his work.
So now this square is one of the main symbols of Yazd, which has been registered in the list of national monuments of Iran.
Lari Ha house (means the houses of Lari) is another old interesting structure in Yazd about 150 years old. So in the past, about 270 years ago, the Lari family came to Yazd from Fars province for trade. Then gradually they settled in different parts of the city. The house of the Lari has a glamorous mirror room about fifty-sixty years old which shows its nobility and royalty essence.
Actually, Lari Ha house and its famous windcatchers belong to the Qajar period. And this old mansion is located on Imam Khomeini Street in Yazd, Fahadan neighborhood.
Not to mention this complex is registered as one of the national works of Iran. Also, it includes six different parts with special architecture for houses in the desert.
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Yazd water museum is located in one of the old houses of Yazd. And as the name implies, visitors can find out about the several thousand years history of water in this historic city.
The water museum, which is located in the historical house called Kolahdoozha, started its work in 2000. In fact, at the same time, the first international Qanat conference started here. Furthermore, the goal was to show the value and importance of water in a desert region.
Overall, they keep more than 200 historical objects from the collection of aqueduct digging equipment to the documents of the main aqueducts of Yazd in this museum.
Water Storage (Ab-Anbar) with Six Wind Towers
Ab-Anbar (water storage) with 6 Badgir (wind towers) is a beautiful historical monument. And this place is known by this name for having six windcatcher towers. Besides, it is the biggest most famous of the 75 reservoirs in the area. This historic building belongs to 180 years ago, in the Qajar period. As one of the top tourist attractions, it is located in the Tappeh neighborhood of Yazd, 6 Badgir Alley.
Another key point, the building is made in an 8-sided shape to adapt to the climatic conditions and wind direction in this desert region. The building has two entrances, one to the north and the other to the south of the reservoir. In addition, this fascinating reservoir has 55 steps.
Dolat Abad Garden in Yazd is one of the 9 Iranian gardens registered on the UNESCO world heritage list. So this natural-historical wonder has an international reputation. For instance, it is home to the tallest windcatcher in the world. Also, this establishment is very valuable in terms of architecture and Persian legacies.
The design of the Dolat Abad garden proved to be one of the most authentic and original garden designs in Iran. In fact, this garden used to contain four main buildings, three of which are “the vestibule”, “the Tanabi hall”, and “the entrance” that are still standing. And some of the winter rooms are also visible, but the rest of the buildings and even their grounds have been destroyed. Furthermore, today only 40,000 square meters of the actual garden remains.
Alexander prison, also known as the former Ziaeye school is another historical structure in Yazd. This building has two different names, which indicates the double use of this old mansion in the past.
While there is disagreement over the date of construction, the Ziaeye school was a place of education more than seven hundred years ago. In fact, it used to host meetings such as discussion sessions of elders and scholars.
It is said that the name of Alexander’s prison was created as a result of the arrival of a group of exiles of Alexander the great in Yazd. And of course, other factors such as climatic features, Yazd’s remoteness from large and busy centers in the past have added to the popularity of this name.