Surrounded by deserts on all sides, Yazd might not have the huge ‘must see’ buildings of other cities in Central Iran but instead, it’s entire urban fabric and way of life draws tourists in.A city with no peer – Yazd and its historic laneways, ancient ruins, beautiful rooftop views and burgeoning dining scene deserves a spot on any Iran itinerary for this alone. Of course, there is a lot more to this sleepy city to justify at least a couple of days.
Amir Chakhmaq Complex
Yazd’s architectural centrepiece, the Amir Chakhmaq complex is located in the heart of the city, in a square of the same name. The imposing three-storey façade flaunts a number of beautifully symmetrical iwans, which light up and glow after sunset. It is one of the largest hosseiniehs in the country and dates back to the 15th century, although it has undergone numerous renovations. The surrounding square has a number of good sweet and ice cream shops.
Zoroastrianism, an ancient monotheistic religion that dates back to around 3500 years ago, was the principal religion in Iran before the Islamic conquests, and the community still lives on in some parts of the country. Yazd is the centre of Zoroastrianism in Iran, and is home to several sites of religious and historic interest. The Ateshkadeh, or Fire Temple, is the most important, containing a central fire that has allegedly been burning since the 5th century A.D.
Yazd Water Museum
The best museum in Iran to learn about the intriguing history of the qanats of Iran, which have UNESCO World, Heritage Listing.Yazd has some of the oldest and best-maintained qanats which were essential to this desert cities survival in the past as fresh, cold water was brought underground from nearby mountains. Spend your time exploring the history and process taken to build these feats of engineering, all in a stunning restored mansion where you are free to explore.
Towers of Silence
Abandoned for over 50 years, these twin outposts used in the past as part of Zoroastrian ceremonies are a must visit. On the edge of town, on a wind-swept desert at times it feels straight out of a sci-fi movie as you explore the crumbling buildings and climb the twin, barren hilltops for stunning views of Yazd and over to the distant mountains. There is nothing else quite like this in Iran, and only a 15-minute taxi trip from the Old Town of Yazd.
One of the oldest warm and excellent food among Iranian food history is ash-e-Aaloo or pomegranate Potage that is very popular among Iranian, especially among people in Yazd and Shiraz. However, numerous variety of cooking ways has been created during the times. Lentil, split peas, juice of pomegranate, beef, and rice are the most importance of this delicious Potage.