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Yazd

Yazd is the only Iranian city which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List – which underscores its importance as a tourist destination.

Known as the bride of the desert, Yazd’s proximity to the vast desert of Iran have provided enormous challenges to its citizens in securing access to water and natural resources and coping with the harsh desert climate.

A maze of aqueducts (qanats), some of them 2000 years old, channel water from distant mountains to and throughout the city. Badgir (wind towers) and sardabs (cellars) provide its hardworking and patient  inhabitants with respite from the heat – and give the city a unique architectural flavor.

Yazd is an abbreviation of the words “Izad” and “Yazdan”, which refers to the name of God in the ancient Persian language. (In some interpretations, “Yazd” is derived from the name of “Yazdgerd”, the Sassanid king and the founder of Yazd.)

With many temples and other religious and pilgrimage sites in and around the city, it is also the centre of Zoroastrianism – which is why Yazd is sometimes known as the House of Worship, Qonoot (prayer), Qanaet (Contentment) and/or Qanat (aqueduct), and which reference the geographical, religious and social characteristics of this city and its people.

Yazd also has its own premium style of confectionery and is sometimes known as the city of confectioners and bakers.

In addition to Yazd city’s registration as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, two of its famed gardens Dolatabad and Pahlavanpour have also been recognised as being of world heritage (UNESCO).

As well as these gardens, Yazd offers many other delightful experiences: Jameh Mosque, Fahadan district, Mir Chakhmaq Square, Water Museum, House of Laria, Sar-Yazd Castle, Zainuddin Caravanserai, Fire Temple, Zoroastrian Museum and Tower of Silence, Chek Chek and Khoranagh village, ……. and more.

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