It is believed that Marco Polo once travelled through Yazd, Iran. As one of the country’s oldest cities, Yazd is still characterised by winding lanes, wind towers, earth-sculpted buildings and an evocative atmosphere of ages past.
Facts About the City of Yazd
Yazd city was also known as Yezd which is the capital of Yazd Province, Iran.
It is located 270 km southeast of Isfahan and has an estimated population of 486,152 based on 2011 Census.
Yazd city is the driest major city in Iran, getting an average rainfall of only 60 millimetres (2.4 in) per year. It is also the hottest north of the Persian Gulf coast and during the summer season temperatures frequently rise above 40 °C (104 °F)
During the winter season in Yazd, Iran, the days remain mild and sunny, but in the morning the temperature gets very cold and can sometimes fall well below 0 °C (32 °F).
What to See in Yazd
Yazd Iran is a picturesque desert city. It doesn’t fall short of the best places to visit that can easily complete one’s travel experience to the place.
People traveling to the place can easily find a Yazd accommodation that is accessible to the city’s points of interest. With a well-preserved mud brick old town, a skyline that is dotted with wind catchers, and a lot of historical sites, you will never run out of choices when in search of Yazd tourist attractions.
To help you further in completing a remarkable travel experience, discussed below is a guide that will tell you what to see in Yazd city, Iran.
Must-See Tourist Attractions in Yazd, Iran
Tower of Silence in Yazd
On the southern outskirts of Yazd sit the evocative Zoroastrian Towers of Silence. In accordance with Zoroastrian beliefs about the purity of the earth, dead bodies were not buried, but left in these uncovered stone towers so that vultures could pick the bones clean. Such towers have not been used since the '60s.
At the foot of the hills on the southern outskirts of Yazd are several disused Zoroastrian buildings, including a defunct well, a water cistern and two small badgirs (windtowers or wind catchers), a kitchen and a lavatory. The modern Zoroastrian cemetery is nearby.
The easiest way to get here is by chartering a private taxi. Ask for Dakhmeh-ye Zartoshtiyun.
To find out more about the Towers of Silence, click here.
Amir Chakhmaq Complex
When in Yazd, Iran, you shouldn’t miss your chance to visit the princely Amir Chakhmaq Complex which dates back to the 15th century and is known as Yazd’s architectural centrepiece.
Located in the heart of the city, it showcases an imposing three-storey façade adorned with beautifully symmetrical iwans that light up and glow after sunset. It is one of the largest structures in the country that was used in the commemorative ceremonies for Imam Hossein’s death.
Not to miss are the sweets and ice cream shops located near the square.
Saheb A Zaman Zurkhaneh
A popular tourist attraction in Yazd Iran, Zurkhaneh literally translates to House of Strength. It is located in a historic building on the northern side of Amir Chakhmaq Square. It is the place to visit that will allow you to observe the practitioners of this unusual dancing-cum-weightlifting activity that is steeped in Shi’ite belief.
Saheb A Zaman Zurkhaneh will also allow you to inspect the 15th-century water tank house found beneath the building. Suit yourself to an extraordinary experience once you feel the cooling effects of Yazdi badgirs (wind-catchers), first-hand.
Accommodation in Yazd
This magnificent location, beside all available Accommodation in Yazd, belongs to the Qajar era. As a new national heritage, this traditional hotel disposes of 10 rooms with a cozy feeling. Shaarbaf Hotel is recognizable by the roof view showing a fantastic beauty of city Yazd.
This hotel once was a private home - full of charm and overlooking to traditional court yards where you can enjoy the fresh air and feel like home. You will have a great experience in Kohan's hotel fabulous location and comfortable rooms. By staying in this house, you will feel positive vibes.
Dad hotel is just beautifully designed. It has all the amenities and tourist attractions you would ever be needed and wanted to see. The staff is very friendly and ready to help. Dad's location could not be better; in the heart of city Yazd.
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