Why you should visit Yazd
Trapped between two of Iran's largest deserts, Yazd is an oasis town that is famous for its unique architecture.
Generations of adaption to the harsh desert environment have left Yazd with a distinctive architectural style. Soaring minarets and hundreds of badgirs - specially designed wind towers - make up Yazd's iconic roof-scape. And such adaptation is a necessity for survival in the city; the nearby Dasht-e Lut was the hottest place on Earth for seven consecutive years during a 21st century scientific study. The city is also renowned for its Zoroastrian community. Although now much-depleted after centuries of persecution, this religious minority still makes up 10% of the city's inhabitants.
Highlights of a visit to Yazd
Jami‘ Mosque of Yazd the magnificent 14th-century masterpiece crowned with two lofty minarets dominated by an exquisitely tiled entrance portal.
Amir Chakhmagh Square a stunning three-storey façade with rows of perfectly proportioned galleries, most photogenic, around sunset and night-time.
Alexander’s Prison a 15th-century madrasa known locally as Alexander's Prison with stucco decoration though highly deteriorated.
Fire temple a temple that holds a perpetual fire maintained by hereditary male priesthood who have learned required prayers to perform ritual duties.
Water Museum located an impressive mansion that had a treasured qanat underneath, clearly showing the importance of these ingenious water systems, and every aspect of their use and maintenance.
Shrine of Seyed Rokneddin consists of a most notable blue-tiled dome visible from any elevated point around the city, and impressive interior stucco decorations.
Dolatabad Gardens renowned for having Iran's loftiest wind-catcher, set amid quiet gardens with intricate latticework and exquisite stained-glass windows.
Shrine of Twelve Imams the well-preserved 11th century Saljuq shrine and one of the leading Islamic brick monuments, with once-fine inscriptions inside bear the names of the Shia Imams.
Tower of Silence set on hilltops on the outskirts of Yazd, abandoned since the '60s, with several disused buildings at the foot of the hills near the modern Zoroastrian cemetery.
The Historical City of Maybod (Prospective World Heritage Site) a remarkable example of viability and transmission of collective thoughts from different generations into an anatomy and spatial structure.