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Situated in a long valley just over 1,215 meters above sea level, and occupying an area of 72,000 kilometers.

The valley is bounded on the southwest by the extensive Shir Kuh range the highest peak of which is 4,075 meters high; to the northeast raises an isolated massif which is nearly 3,000 meters height.

Called Ke-Se and issa’ees during the ancient period of Iranian history, it was renamed to Farafiz and Yazdan Gerd during the reign of the Sassanian king Yazdgerd I (399-421 AD). The name comes from yazdan and izad denoting “holiness” and “blessedness” According to some historical documents the history of Yazd goes back to the time of Alexander the Great, or one millennium before the emergence of Islam. It was conquered by the Arabs in 642, and subsequently become an important station on the caravan routes to central Asia and India. Exporting its silks textiles and carpets far and wide.


Panorama of Yazd


Alley Parish Fahadan


Lariha Old House


Old temple - Zoroastrian cellar


Reservoir Vazir Complex


Daraei Textile Prevalent Olden Yazd


Abdollah Village - Around Yazd

Sights to See

  • Atashkadeh
    The most important Zoroastrian fire temple Atashkadeh (located on a hill in a small garden). The sacred flame behind a glass visible from the small museum inside has, according to the Zoroastrian elder in attendance here, been burning since about 470 AD and was transferred from its original site in 1940.


  • City Walls
    These walls were begun, it is said, in 1119 and rebuilt and extended during the 14th century. In places, they were 15 meters high, being nicely decorated with ornamental devises such as those employed on unglazed pottery.


  • Bazaar
    The 12 historic bazaars of Yazd are worth a visit. The most important bazaar here are: bazaar-e Khan; Goldsmiths Bazaar; and Panjeh Ali Bazaar. The many bazaars here are probably the best places in Iran to buy silk fabric, cashmere, brocades and cloth (taffeta and yazdi shawl) all with beautiful local designs, motifs, and colors, the products which brought the town its prosperity.


  • Amir Chakhmaq mosque
    Fourteenth-century AD masjid-e Amir Chakhmaq or masjid-e Jom’eh’ (an exact contemporary of the masjid-e Jam’e) next to the bazaar portal, Famous for its superb portal ornamented with stucco, and the traditional four-ivan structure on an originally, it was called masjid-e Now (New Mosque).



  • Jam’e Mosque
    Masjid-e Jam’e, also known as the Friday Mosque, like to many important mosques, was the focus of a complex of buildings of various periods and styles in various states of conservation. The site of Sassanian fire temple, its major features, however, were begun in 1324 and continuously developed for forty years.



  • Twelve Imams Shrine
    The splendid early 12th century Shrine of the twelve Imam (maghbare-ye davazdah Imam), properly described as a funerary mosque.


  • Mausoleum of Seyed Rokn od-Din
    This Boqeh (mausoleum) belongs to the 14th century AD and consists of a portal, a fine cupola covered with enameled tiles, and an inscription in Kuffic calligraphy.


  • Treasure of mirrors and lighting Museum
    The Mirror-Palace Archaeological complex, whit a built-up area of 837 square meters, stands in a beautiful garden and was previously used as the private guest house of a local well-to-do owner.



  • Bagh-e Dowlat Historic complex
    This is a complex built according to the original Iranian architectural style and consists of a large garden and some buildings. Being watered by qanat, until residence of the provincial governor.
    The most impressive part of the complex is a 33-meter high bad-gir (wind tower) on the roof and water stream in the interior.



  • Towers of silence
    These are tree impressive buildings remaining from several other similar structures on hilltops outside and in the immediate vicinity of the town (about 15 km to the south-west) where the bodies of the dead Zoroastrians would be brought to the foot of the tower so that a ritual ceremony could be held in presence of the relatives and friends of the deceased.


  • Chak Chak
    This important Zoroastrian fire-temple is on a hill 52km to the northeast of Yazd. It attracts thousands of pilgrims for an annual festival which lasts for ten days from the beginning of the third month after Now Ruz.