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  • YAZD Yazd is the capital of Yazd Province in Iran, and a centre of Zoroastrian culture. The city is located 270 km southeast of Isfahan. The city has a population of about 500,000. Wedged between the northern Dasht-e Kaivir desert, and the southern Dasht-e Lut, Yazd boasts the best old-and inhabited-city in Iran. At an altitude of 1230 m, Yazd can be quite cold in winter, but very hot in summer.The architecture of Yazd is unique and derived from Its desert nature. Because of generations of adaptations to its desert surroundings, Yazd is an architecturally unique city. It is also known in Iran for the high quality of its handicrafts, especially silk weaving, and its sweet shops. Yazd was an important center for pre-Islamic Zoroastrianism, and there is still a substantial minority of Zoroastrians today. The city has always been a great weaving center, known for its silks and other fabrics even before Marco Polo passed through along one of the Silk Roads in the late 13th century.

 

 

Tourist Attractions in Yazd

 

According to UNESCO, Yazd is one of the oldest towns in the world - every visitor should spend a few hours getting completely lost in this living museum. Look out for the tall wind catchers (Badgirs) on rooftops, designed to catch even the lightest breeze and direct them to underground living rooms. In the hot summers they are very necessary, and healthier than modern air-conditioning.

The building styles are simple, traditional and quite exotic compared with the uniformity of most of the other large towns of Iran. The town is the color of clay, from the sun-dried bricks.

 

1. Masjid-e Jame

(Friday Mosque), dating back to the fourteenth century, is well worth a visit. It is an example of finest Persian mosaics and excellent architecture. Its minarets are the highest in the country. Admire it at night when it is lit up.

 

2. Atashkadeh

Atashkadeh is the Zoroastrian fire temple. The fire on the inside has supposedly been burning since 470 AD. Entrance is free, though donations are appreciated.

 

3. Yazd Tower of silence (Zoroastrian's Dakhmeh)

The name tower is misleading as they consist of huge circular walls, within those the dead were left to be picked clean by the vultures. This is done in accordance with Zoroastrian belief. However, the towers are not in use anymore and open to the public.

 

4. Yazd Market Square's Clock

 

5. The cistern of Fatemeh-ye-Golshan

 

6. Amir Chakmak complex

Amir Chaknak complex the most significant collections of historical city of Yazd is Almost in the middle of the old city of Yazd is one of the most important strategic points.

This valuable complex is the city's main streets, including a mosque, Monument suttee Fatima,Haji Qanbar Bazaar , Fatima suttee cistern ,Amir Chakmakh cistern and Nakhl (a large wooden means that is used in religious ceremonies). It is founded in the city of ninth century AH Amir Jalaleddin Chakmak Generals and Rulers of the Timurid Shahrukh came with his wife to Yazd, suttee Fatima Khatun. A breathtaking construction and a must see. Visitors can climb to the top.

 

7. Amir Chakmakh mosque

Not to be confused with the complex of the same name, but nearby and easily visited when visiting the more famous complex.

 

8. Yazd Water museum

Lots of interesting information about the Qanat water distribution system, admission free.

 

9. Hazireh mosque

 

10. Water reservoir with its four badgirs (wind catchers)

 

11. Khan-e-Lari (a historical house)

 

12. Alexanders prison

which was neither built by Alexander the great nor a prison, but a 15th-century domed school which is quite an interesting sight with a cafe in the 'prison room'. Often guides would tell you the deep well in the middle of its courtyard was in fact built by Alexander the Great and was used as a dungeon but this seems doubtful.

 

13. Tomb of the 12 Imams

Which dates back to the early 11th century, has inscriptions inside bear the names of the twelve Shiite Imams, though none are actually buried here. It is now badly deteriorated.

 

14. Madrasse-e-Kamalieh

 

15. Bogeh-ye Seyed Rokamdin mosque

 

16. Dowlat Abad Gardens

With a building with a beautiful large badger (wind catcher)

 

17. Desert tour

Tourists can buy one or two-day tours to visit the desert, walking on the flowing sand of the desert, camel riding , cars and motorbikes on the dunes and Observations of stars in the night.

  • Dowlat Abad Garden
  • Masjid-e Jame
  • Dowlat Abad Building
  • Dowlat abad garden
  • Dowlat Abad Garden
  • Dowlat Abad Garden
  • Dowlat Abad Garden
  • Desert Yazd Iran
  • Desert Yazd Iran
  • Naji public garden
  • street and shelter
  • Jame mosque of Yazd
  • Jame mosque of Yazd
  • wind catcher
  • Persian fallow deer
  • Persian leopard
  • The Amir Chakmak Mosque
  • wind catcher
  • Hayat-howz Khuneh Lari
  • The Amir Chakmak Mosque
  • A view of historical area in Yazd
  • The Zoroastrian Fire Temple of Yazd
  • A view of historical area in Yazd

Get in

 

Yazd is located midway between Isfahan and Kerman, 689 km south east of Tehran. Yazd is well connected to the rest of the country by planes, trains and buses.

 

By Plane

There are International flights to Dubai and Damascus and daily flights to Tehran.

 

By Bus

There are buses from cities of Tehran, Karaj, Isfahan, Kerman, Zahedan, Mashhad, Bandar Abbas and etc.

 

Get around

Most places in the old town are within easy walking distance from each other. Otherwise service taxi and shared taxi are inexpensive.

 

Get out

Meymand — population 60 in summer, 130 in winter, continuously occupied for more than 3,000 years

If you feel like visiting a place more cultural and beautiful, the ancient city of Isfahan is near Yazd.

Kavir National Park. The magnificent Iranian deserts embrace all those who are interested in adventurous journey or trekking across the intact beautiful nature. The desert vividly signifies the diverse and colorful features of the Iranian terrain. The white vast salt flats, the golden dunes as well as the striking mounds in bright green, yellow and red create a marvelous spectrum of spectacular colors for day travellers in the desert. Undoubtedly, the desert's night does surpass all expectations and further displays an spectacle of appealing stars appearing so temptingly real and near.

 

Hotels

 

Safaiyeh hotel                     

Moshir al mamalek hotel    

dad hotel                              

Tehrani hotel                       

Laleh hotel                           

Parsianazadi hotel                 

Mehr hotel                            

Kourosh hotel                       

Mozafar hotel                        

Climate data for Yazd

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Year

Average high °C

9

13
 

19
 

25
 

30
 

36
 

38
 

37
 

33
 

26
 

18
 

13
 

24.7
 

Average low °C

1
 

4
 

9
 

16
 

21
 

27
 

28
 

25
 

21
 

14
 

7
 

4
 

14.8
 

Precipitation mm (inches)

8
(0.3)

10
(0.4)

8
(0.3)

10
(0.4)

5
(0.2)

0
(0)

0
(0)

0
(0)

0
(0)

0
(0)

3
(0.1)

3
(0.1)

46
(1.8)

 

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