If you are planning to visit Yazd, you can not only find magnificent and unique historical highlights, but also, you can hike through the desert and enjoy the beauty of one of the most special deserts in Iran. Further, we are going to represent to you the touristic attractions and sights of Yazd. You can find more information on these attractions by checking out our Blog’s posts.
Tower of Silence (Zoroastrian Dakhmeh)
one of the peculiar structures left from the ancient times when Zoroastrianism was the dominant religion in Iran is this Zoroastrian cemetery. These cemeteries are placed on top of hills where dead bodies were gathered to be picked clean by the vultures. The remains of the bodies were then buried. You can watch the sunrise or sunset in the ambience of the tower of silence and the ancient ruins around it.
Fire Temple (Atashkadeh)
another point of interest which is a reminiscent of Zoroastrian religion is this Fire Temple. An everlasting fire has been burning in the heart of it for more than 1500 years.
Jameh Mosque of Yazd
while visiting Iran you will come across several mosques, each with specific features. What makes this mosque different from any other mosque is its tall minarets and special architectural details. You can find different types of inscriptions and tile works by visiting this 14th century mosque.
one of the must-see places is the historic city of Yazd that rests in the heart of this city. The history of this vast quarter dates back to hundreds of years ago. Through its narrow alleys and mud-brick houses you can see several Wind Catchers. Most of the attractions are located here.
while walking through the ancient alleys of the Fahadan Quarter, you would came across several traditional houses. Yazd Art House and Lari House are two of these traditional houses. You can have an extraordinary view over the Fahadan Quarter and the Wind Catchers by going up to the rooftops of these houses.
Amir Chakhmag Complex
This famous square is one of the main symbols of the city of Yazd. While exploring this complex, you can walk through the Bazaar and also visit the caravanserai, a tekyeh, a bathhouse.
Dolat Abad Garden
this UNESCO recognized garden has been one of the best examples of Persian Gardens for more than three centuries. The tallest clay Wind Catcher in the world is placed in the heart of it.
If you have extra time visiting this wonderful city, you can also check out these attractions:
- The Water Reservoirs (Ab Anbar ) of Six Wind Catchers
- Alexander’s (Eskandar) Prison
- Yazd Water Museum
- Markar Museum( Zoroastrian History and Culture Museum)
- Chak Chak (Zoroastrian Temple)
- Hazireh Mosque
On top of this, you can explore other provinces of Yazd. You can visit the ancient and clay city of Meybod. Narin Castle, Pigeon Tower, and Meybod Caravanserai are of the marvels of this province in Yazd. Abarkuh, Ardakan, Bafq, Mehriz, Ashkezar, and Taft are of the other provinces of Yazd.
Local Food & Signature Dishes
Just like any other city in Iran, here has its own delicious and special dishes to offer. These dishes range from a variety of stews namely Gheymeh Yazdi and Ash Shooli to sweet deserts and a special coffee named Ghahve Yazdi. You can try all of these at several restaurants and cafes around the city and especially the ones located in Fahadan Quarter. Here is a list of hand-picked Restaurants and Cafes in Yazd.
Handicraft & Souvenirs
Aside from the postcards, magnets, books, and the famous local food (Special Yazdi sweets and bread) of Yazd, you can find a wide range of handicrafts to buy as a piece of your collection or as unique souvenirs. While exploring Yazd, you can find many stores selling the traditional handicrafts of the city. You can also find some modern artwork, clothing, and jewelry shops around the city. Except from the Old Bazar of Yazd, you can find these shops near the major attractions. Here is the list of some of the most special Handicrafts:
- Daraie weaving or Ikat, a type of weaving and dying of soft silk fabrics that is especially done in Yazd.
- Pottery and Ceramics which are presented in several symbolic patterns.
- Termeh Weaving , one of the ancient handicrafts of Iran.
- Kilim (Gelim) is a special kind of rug. The patterns and types of Kilims are different in different cities of Iran.
- Carpet weaving, one of Yazd’s main handicrafts.
- Zilo Weaving, a kind of light hand-woven rug which is mostly practiced in Meybod ( one of the provinces of Yazd).
- Giveh Weaving by durable materials. Giveh is a type of shoe made out of special materials that is mostly worn in the rural parts of the country.
- Metal forgery, a traditional ironwork by blacksmith of Yazd.