An Old City in a Modern World
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Yazd "City of Windcatchers’’ is located in the middle of the Iranian plateau, 270 km southeast of Isfahan, close to the Spice and Silk Roads. The city dates from the 5th century and was described as the “noble city of Yazd” by Marco Polo. Yazd is an old adobe city in Iran hidden away in the desert with a reputation for tolerance, beauty, and ancient air conditioners and a centre of Zoroastrian culture. UNESCO said Yazd is a good example of a desert city using limited resources to survive for thousands of years. On July 21, 2017 UNESCO inscribes Iran’s Yazd on world heritage list.
Walking tour through old part of the city
It's a very nice walk in the old town, like transported back in time. Through walking tours you will enjoy seeing local attractions whether you have all day or just an hour to spare. Your city walks will be filled with city character on every turn of the street. The tour could be included Jameh Mosque, Alexander’s prison, Tomb of 12 Imams, Water Museum, Amir Chakhmagh Complex, Bazaar, Bad Girs (windcatchers )and Water reservoir (Ab Anbar).
At last highly recommend to experience roof café in Yazd. Yazd is quite a flat city so by going to top of a building, you can get an amazing view of the city. There are lots of cafes located in historical part of the town. Most of these cafes are old houses decorated carefully to be used as a café.
Attending Zoorkhooneh, the old traditional athletic sport!
Pahlevāni and Zoorkhāneh rituals is the name inscribed by UNESCO for varzesh-
e pahlavāni or varzesh-e bāstāni a traditional system of athletics originally used to train warriors in Iran and adjacent lands.
Visiting the Zoorkhaneh has been one of the most exceptional experiences of Yazd trip . Saheb A Zaman is popular Zurkhaneh (House of Strength) that resides in a historic building on the northern side of Amir Chakhmaq Square. Often open to tourists, not only can you observe practitioners of this curious dancing-cum-weightlifting activity but also investigate the 15th-century water tank housed beneath the building, and experience the cooling effects of Yazdi badgirs (wind-catchers) first-hand.
Desert near Yazd is the most crowded experience. Yazd is located in middle of desert so going to Yazd without getting the experience of a real desert is not cool. What makes the desert pleasing is to stop — stop hiking, stop cycling, stop driving, stop thinking — and immerse youself in silence. Iran Mesr and Garmeh desert is a combination of the sunset, the moonrise, the stars, the dunes, the traditional houses and hear the silence of the desert.
Head Head out to the out of the city to visit Chak Chak, Kharanaq, Silence Tower, Meybod and Sar YazdCan you recommend other things to do in Yazd?
An excursion to the village of Kharanaq, 90 km in north of Yazd, is recommended. Reportedly inhabited for over 1000 years, the mud_brick part of the village is practically abandoned these days, but you'll see a few farmers still pottering around. The old Zoroastrian fire temple of Chak Chak, and one of the oldest buildings in Iran in the modern city of Meybod. One of the greatest Zoroastrian buildings in Iran is Silence tower. Towers of silence is a place where Zoroastrians buried their dead, these towers featured round tall walls with a shallow pit in the center.
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Handicraft is one of the lasting achievements of the culture aspect. Pottery has a 6,000-year-old history in Iran, which is the oldest handmade artwork. Meybod is a prominent pottery-producing center in Yazd province. Yazd is famous for its carpet, silk fabrics, cashemers and also for its pastries. You can easily find a handicraft and souvenir shop that offers a great chance to pick up some authentic Iranian handicrafts and souvenirs, of Zoroastrian style mostly. The shop is on the main circuit near Alexander Prison as you walk through the old city.