Yazd was recently listed as one of the “52 places traveler 2019” cities’ contest in New York times. The Jewel of middle east, called by New York times, is a hidden treasure among Iran’s destinations. If Shiraz is beating heart of Persian culture, then Yazd is living dynamic and flourished area in Iran’s deserts. Tough desert nature is not only intertwined with the city’s architecture but Yazd people lifestyle and characteristics are affected as well. The city bears living testimony to the use of limited resources for survival in the desert.
Not thorough farewell always arouses man’s creativity, as ancients who chose Yazd as their residential place, found simple yet smart solutions to the naturally imposed restrictions. Despite all these difficulties Yazd people have to deal with, nowhere in Iran is as environment-friendly as Yazd.
Qanats, wind towers (wind catchers) and water reservoirs (cisterns) are brilliant examples of this kind. Qanats are optimal use and clever management of water shortage. The ancients dug enormously deep well to reach the heights underground water then create a gently sloped tunnel along which a series of vertical shafts cut the tunnel for repair and ventilation purposes. The tunnel ends up in an outlet in the village.
Another still effective invention to overcome torturing high temperature, is tower wind. You can make them readily as soon as you enter the city. Highest wind tower has been cooling the stunning mansion of Dowlatabad garden for many years. Everything in this earthen-walls city is an obvious remnant of ages of fighting against constraints. Water reservoirs or cisterns are popped up around the city in each district to supply the area’s needs of water.
Historic city of Yazd
In order to digest the meaning of life in this fabulous city you have to take the steps down the water reservoir in the Yazd architectural centerpiece, Amir Chakhmaq square. A 3-storey structure sits strongly at the background of the square where religious festivals and pilgrimages have a special dimension there.
Not too far historic city of Yazd (UNESCO world heritage site) is flaunting. The city has evolved gradually with some inevitable changes, how ever there are still many qualities which allow Yazd to meet conditions of authenticity. Getting lost in the decaying maze of earthen-walled alleys, is the best way to get familiar with the authentic identity of the city.
You will fall in love at first sight by exploring intriguing nooks and crannies, well-preserved houses which has turned into tea houses, amazing people who may not quite match the oldness of the neighborhood but are heartily a passionate fan of the lifestyle. A masterpiece catches your eyes as soon as you turn to the street where the city’s Jameh mosque’s minarets punctuate the sky. Its dome and mosaics are breathtaking as well.
To visit this city completely, try not miss the fire temple. Yazd is the center of Zoroastrianism in Iran. It is believed that the fire burning inside the temple has been there nonstop since the year 470. A silent place staying away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Chak Chak is another Zoroastrian sacred place locating 70 km from Yazd itself.
Where to stay?
Depending on the time limits you may encounter during your trip to Yazd, Yazd hotels are a great help to let you figure out your exploration map. You can find good-standard hotels which not only are pretty affordable but are quite a hand to find the best Yazd desert tours. There are high quality restaurants some of which are located in hotels. you can ask for local favorites as well.
Your heart will go for this lovely city as soon as you leave it. Learning about its authentic and rare history can change your mind regarding tough situations in cities on the edge of the desert.
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