One of the Largest mud-brick cities in the world
With its badgirs (wind catcher’s towers) poking out of baked-brown labyrinth of lanes, the old city of Yazd emerges like a phoenix from the desert- a very old phoenix. Yazd’s old city is the largest mud-brick complex in the world. So because of its region’s rich history, UNESCO has added the historic old city of Yazd to the World Heritage Site List in 2017. Almost everything in the old city is made from sun-dried mud bricks, and the resulting brown skyline is dominated by tall badgirs on almost every rooftop. With the area of 755 Hectares, the historical district makes the city of Yazd a unique masterpiece of old living civilization.
Hours: all day round
Address: Fahadan blvd, Imam Khomeini Street, Yazd.
Upon a time as a residence for a local governor in Zand dynasty, 18th century, this magnificent garden is registered among the UNESCO world heritage sites. The interior of the pavilion is superb’ with intricate latticework and exquisite stained-glass window. It is also renowned for having Iran’s loftiest badgir, standing over 33m high, though this one was rebuilt after it collapsed in the 1960s.
Price: 150000 Rials
Address: Shahid Raja’i Street, Yazd.
In Timurids era, 14-13th century Amir Chakhmaq was appointed as a governor in Yazd. He and his wife both commenced constructing a specious square ringed by a water reservoir, a house of dervishes, a school, a caravanserai, and an impressive mosque. A magnificent wall with chambers (Tekyeh) was added later in the 19th century which was used to serve the ceremonial purpose. Today, it stands as the landmark of Yazd.
Address: Imam Khomeini Street, Amir Chakhmaq Square, Yazd.
Dating back to the fourteenth century, it well worth a visit. It is an example of finest Persian mosaics and excellent architecture presenting the gradual development of mosques in Iran between 14 and 17 centuries. Its exquisite simple designed dome is a comprise of a roof and a ceiling, and its minarets are one the highest in the country with the entrance gate adorned with various motifs and calligraphy. Admire it at night when it is lit up.
Price: 80000 Rials
Address: Imam Khomeini Street, Yazd.
The ancient burning fire makes the landmark really unique. It is mentioned that the fire has been consistently burning since 470 AD. The fire temple is said to be the only Iran’s Zoroastrian fire temple housing Atash Bahram.
Hours: spring & summer 8- 12:30, 15:30- 19:45, Autumn & winter: 8-12:30, 15:45-18:45, it is closed on official days in the afternoon.
Price: 80000 Rials
Address: Kashani Street, Yazd.
One of the most prominent pre-Islamic adobe buildings stands sentinel atop the highest clay hill, overlooking the town of Meybod with a long history.
The magnificent castle dates back to the 4th millennium BC. The impressive five-story building is made of adobe and clay, featuring the character reminiscent of the Achaemenid dynasty (550 BC).
PRICE: 150000 Rials
Address: Imam Khomeini Street, Meybod.
Tower of silence is a circular, raised structure built by Zoroastrians for excoriation-i.e., for dead bodies to be exposed to carrion birds. Zoroastrian exposure of the dead is first attested in the mid5-th century BCE history of Herodotus, but the use of towers is first documented in the early 9th century. The doctrinal rationale for exposure is to avoid contact with earth or fire, both of which are considered sacred. However, sanitation in the sense of avoiding evil spirit was also implied.
Hours: 8- sunset
Price: 80000 Rials
Address: Shahidian Ashraf Street., Saffaiyeh, Yazd.
Pahlavan-pour garden has been registered in UNESCO since 2011. Iranian gardens (also known as Persian gardens) are very well known around the world. Offering a blend of elegant architectural character and nature’s true masterpiece, the lush garden features the character reminiscent of the Qajar era. Some parts of the mansion recounts its 100- years-old life time, boasting winter mansion, tower, clay Martello tower, servant’s quarter, kiosk and traditional spinning studio. The water extending to the mansion from Hassan Abad Qanat puts the fresh water within access.
Price: 200000 rials
Address: Tohid Sq, Hossein Abad Street, Mehriz.
The cypress of Abarkooh, also called the Zoroastrian Sarv, is a cypress tree in Abarkooh, Yazd province. It is an Iranian natural heritage and tourism attraction standing at estimated 25 meters high with a perimeter of 11.5 meters at its trunk and 18 meters higher up around its branches. Russian scientist Alexander Rouf has estimated its age as over four thousand years old and thus it may be the oldest living being in Asia. Some legends attribute its origin to Japheth. The son of Noah, while others believe Zoroaster himself planted it. Favorable natural conditions of its locations has been credited as the main reason for three’s longevity, although it is now been enveloped by an urban park and is thus open to disturbances by unnatural elements. Legends have it that cypress trees are closely tied with Yalda night-the longest night of the year at the end of fall at which a national ceremony is also held.
Price: 100000 rials
Address: Sarv Street, Shahid Beheshti Street, Abarkouh.
What we now see as a network of Yazd’s old bazaar is an extensive urban architectural complex located at the old eastern district of the city and includes several bazaar passages, trade compounds and houses, mosques, squares, schools, underground water reservoirs, caravanserais and workshop. This complex operates on a regional, and to some extent, national basis.
Hours: Morning 9-14, Afternoon 17-22
Address: Qiam Street, Yazd.
Qanat is a gently sloping underground channel with a series of vertical access shafts, used to transfer water from an aquifer under a hill. Qanats create a reliable supply of water for human settlements and irrigation in hot, arid, and semi-arid climates. In Yazd province, Zarch qanat, which is the longest qanat in the world with 71 kilometer length and Hassan Abad Moshir qanat, which its high volume and good quality of water, are inscribed on UNESCO’s world heritage in 2016.
Price: 200000 rials
Address: Seyyed Golesorkh Street, Yazd.
The oldest building in Yazd’s old town which survived its long lifetime intact stands still in the neighborhood of Fahadan. A prominent brick landmark of the Seljuk era is an outstanding attraction with its architectural style and elaborate inscription bearing Kufic scripts. According to the ancient tales, Alexander founded a fortress in Yazd in which the survivors and prisoners took residence. Later, a religious school (Madrassa) was built on the location of Alexander prison.
Price: 150000 rials
Address: Fahadan Street, Yazd.
Local architect’s knowledge and efficiency helped the inhabitants to create master pieces which we call old historic houses today. They could be found all over Yazd province. One of which stands out with a two-story wind-catcher is in Abarkooh (Aghazade house). Persia’s technical know how created houses and spaces whose features are aesthetic talars and roof capes with intriguing light wells, as well as intricate window and mirror works, paintings, reliefs and a beautifully crafted was amidst comfortable residential spaces in hot desert regions. You can visit one in Yazd, Meybod, Ardakan or Abarkooh.
Aghazade and Sowlat house
ADDRESS: Darvaz-e Meidan st, Abarkooh.
One of the rare circular instances or circular caravanserais in Iran built in 16th century en route major trade route comes from the high time of caravanserai construction.
PRICE: 100 000 Rials
ADDRESS: Ghiam st, Yazd.
Among all Yazd districts, Saryazd dates back to Sassanid era (3rd7-th A.D ) and has a special importance, not only the existence of magnificent monuments makes it worthy for tourism activities, but also the hospitality of its kind denizens. That is the reason why it is called “The Friendship Village”. Do not forget to visit its magnificent fortress and caravanserais while you are dazzled with the village.
PRICE: 100000 Rials
ADDRESS: Historical Saryazd village, 30th km of Yazd-Kerman road to Yazd.
Meybod caravanserai complex is as old architectural complex which used to function mainly providing the convenience of the passengers, the travel services, the road maintenance and the postal exchanges en route a major trade pathway. This complex is located on the way of the old highway of Rey-Kerman, behind the western gate of old Sharestan of Meybod.
ADDRESS: Ghazi Mirhosswin Blvd, Imam Khomeini st, Meybod.
Chak Chak is being respected by Iranian Zoroasterian and their co-religionists residing abroad. It is the favorite of many tourists who enjoy the magnificent view of step pathway lined with trees on the mountainside. The drops of water are always dripping down the harsh craggy towering mountain. Zoroastrians name it “Pir-e-Sabz” too. It is noteworthy that it lies between two main deserts in northeast of Yazd.
ADDRESS: Kharanagh district, Ardakan county, Chak chak.
The relics of a town in adobe where one observes in close the life of the citadel state era. The lonely minaret (tower) of the mosque in the middle of the citadel is unique. Its construction allows it to be shaken slightly.
ADDRESS: Kharanagh, Ardakan.
This unique mosque out of adobe displays one of the early developments of mosque construction in Iran, dating back to the first half of the eight century after the advent of Islam in Iran. It lies in a village called Fahraj some 60km east of Yazd in the outskirts of desert.
If you miss a soothing stroll on beautifully shaped sand dunes in kavir, you haven’t been to desert at all!
ADDRESS: BafghNAKHL,MOURNING OF MUHARRAM
Harmony could be seen in all aspects of life in Yazd and is no exception for the mourning rituals of Muharram. Commemorating of 3rd Shiia Imam called Hossein. The ceremony called Nakhl Bardary (symbolizing Imam’s coffin) is the recreation of funeral for our Imam and his 72 followers who were killed in today Karbala, Iraq.
ADDRESS: All over the town in big squares called Tekyeh.
In Yazd, Zoroastrians have kept the culture and old Iranian celebrations alive. Saade is one of the important ones that is celebrated amidst winter to commemorate the invention of fire by a mythical Persian king. Fire played a vital role in ancient time life since it was not only the focal point where everyone gathered around but also a purifying element in Zoroastrianism. Also, this celebration accompanied with a bonfire marks the victory of day over night, light over darkness.
ADDRESS: Cham village, Taft.