Yazd

Yazd is located in central Iran at an oasis between two vast deserts. Due to its beauty and location it is entitled as the bride of the desert. The earliest written history of city dates back to about 3000 ago under Median Empire when it was called Ysatis. The present name of the city is taken from the name of Yazdgerd the King from Sassanid dynasty (224-637 AD), and since then it has been continuously inhabited which makes it one of the most ancient cities of the world. One thing that makes the city unique is its architecture. Mud walls and brick buildings are all what you see in the narrow winding alleys of the old city. Due to hot and dry weather of Yazd and its location you can find elements of architecture which is almost unique to this area. The most noticeable one is wind towers or wind catchers which were constructed as a ventilation system to catch the slightest breeze in the hot summers to cool the houses. As it is located on the Silk Road Yazd has been visited by famous Marco Polo, and he has mentioned Yazd as a center of fine silk weaving. Before the invasion of Iran by Arabs the dominant religion of Iranians was Zoroastrianism, and now the largest Zoroastrian community in Iran is centered in Yazd, and so there are some Zoroastrian tourist sites located in this city. There are numerous attractions dating back to 12th to 14th century such as Friday Mosque of Yazd with its high minarets, Amir Chakhmagh complex which is known as the symbol of Yazd, Dolat Abad garden and wind tower. There are also more ancient sites namely Zoroastrian Fire temple and Zoroastrian Tower of Silence where they used to leave the dead bodies. If you wish to travel back in time to the heart of history don't miss this city where you can feel life in the midst of desert.

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