Yazd

Known as the city of windcatchers (badgir), Yazd is one of the beautiful desert cities in central Iran. The historical structure of Yazd was registered on the UNESCO list of world heritage sites.

Travel to Yazd, you can enjoy walking in allies with mud-brick architecture. The earth architecture of the city is a clever solution of centuries to deal with the desert environment and climate. Yazd attractions are mostly related to its architecture.

Besides, has the most beautiful termeh, Iranian precious handwoven cloth. You can enjoy the variety of colors and patterns of termeh at the Khan Bazaar, a market that is dated back to the 9th century.

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Amir Chakhmaq Complex

Amir Chakhmaq square is an architectural wonder at the heart of Yazd. The three façade with symmetrical iwans (porches) provides eye-catching scenery. The complex was built during the Timurid era (15th–16th century) and consists of a bathhouse, caravanserai, and cold water well at the complex. A mosque and a Tekyeh (a place where Shia Muslims mourn for their Imam Hussein during the month of Muharram) are also considered as other parts of the complex. The best time to visit Amir Chakhmaq Complex is during twilight hours. The arches glitter with orange lighting, make it eye-catching scenery. You can also visit the Water Museum at Amir Chakhmaq’s opposite as one of the Yazd sightseeing you should put on your list. Yazd is famous for its Qantas (underground aqueducts) and the museum manifests the 2000-year-old irrigation system of the city.

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Old City and Jame Mosque

At Yazd, the walls, roofs, domes, and other parts of buildings are built from the earth! This Yazd attraction is the manifestation of an eco-friendly manner to adjust with desert climate and environment. You can find several alleys at Yazd in their original shapes. Each neighborhood has a water cistern (Abanbar), bathhouses, and mosque. You can walk in Sabats, covered alleys, which are built to protect you from the sun. In the old city, you can also pay a visit to the Jame Mosque, which is originally built on a Fire Temple. However, today building is constructed in the 19th century. The tiled entrance of the mosque and 52-meter minarets are one of the highest in Iran. The minarets are adorned with 15th-century inspirations and the mosque is built with the Azari style of Persian architecture. The portal facades are also adorned with glittering blue tiles. The skyline of the city is a spectacle featuring wildcatters, minerals, and domes. The Historic City of Yazd was registered on the UNESCO heritage list in 2017.

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Zoroastrian Fire Temple and Tower of Silence

Fire Temple and Tower of Silence are the Zoroastrian sites that you can visit during your sojourn in Yazd. The peaceful coexistence of Muslims, Zoroastrians, and Jews is going on for centuries in the city. Yazd houses several attractions related to Zoroastrianism, as its center in Iran. Zoroastrian Fire Temple (Atashkadeh) houses a burning fire, which is believed to flame since 470 CE. The fire is visible from a window in the building and there is a small museum at the place. Zoroastrians believed that the bodies of dead are purified by exposing it to the elements and excarnation at the Tower of Silence or Dakhma, a construction built atop a hill near the city. The remaining bones are kept in ossuaries near or inside of the towers. Since the 1970s, this process of burial became illegal in Iran, and the Tower of Silence is not used anymore.

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City of Sweets

If you have a sweet tooth, Yazd is a must-see destination for you! You can find several shops in the city offering mouthwatering sweets and desserts, as a tasty Yazd attraction. Ghotab, Baghlava, Pashmak, Louz, Hajji Badam, and Cake Yazdi are some of the delicious sweets that you can try in the city. Do not forget to taste these amazing sweets before leaving the city. The welcoming and kind people of Yazd can help you to find your favorite sweets!

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Rooftop cafés and Restaurants

As you know the sky of the desert is one of the most mesmerizing scenes that you can enjoy. Yazd, as a desert city, has a beautiful sky that you should put on your bucket list. There are several rooftop coffee shops and restaurants in Yazd, where you can have a great moment eating your food and drink while enjoying sitting under the sky.

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