Yazd has 420000 inhabitants and is the capital of the homonymous provice in central Iran, 270km southeast of Isfahan. It is located on a plateu at 1200m of altitude, in an oasis between the Dasht-e Kavir and Dasht-e Lut deserts. Very close to Yazd is a very high mountain, the 4050m tall Mt Shir Kuh. Yazd has a very dry and hot climate with temperatures above 40C in the summer. As a consequence the architecture in Yazd is well adapted to the desert environment. Windcatchers, known as badgir in Farsi, are everywhere in the city and provide a natural form of air conditioning. Mud brick houses are widespread. Yazd is a major centre for the Zoroastrian faith. Among the Zoroastrian sites are the Ateshkadeh Zoroastrian fire temple and the Towers of Silence where Zoroastrians were brought after death.
Yazd was founded during the Median empire 3000 years ago. During the Mongol invasions Yazd was spared destruction because of its remote desert location. As a result today Yazd boasts an impressive cultural heritage with many well-preserved ancient buildings. Yazd is a laid-back and pictoresque city, which attracts a large number of tourists every year.

Central Yazd photo gallery  - 19 pictures of Central Yazd
Amir Chakhmaq complex photo gallery  - 10 pictures of Amir Chakhmaq complex
Mosques photo gallery  - 22 pictures of Mosques
Around the Alexander prison photo gallery  - 10 pictures of Around the Alexander prison
Ateshkadeh Zoroastrian fire temple photo gallery  - 14 pictures of Ateshkadeh Zoroastrian fire temple
19 photos of central Yazd with its maze of narrow alleys and forest of windcatchers
10 photos of the Amir Chakhmaq complex, an imposing facade with many alcoves and two tall towers in Yazd
22 photos of mosques in Yazd
10 photos of the Tomb of the 12 Imams and of Alexander's prison
14 photos of the Ateshkadeh, a Zoroastrian fire temple in Yazd
Khan-e Lari house photo gallery  - 12 pictures of Khan-e Lari house
Towers of silence photo gallery  - 16 pictures of Towers of silence
Skylines photo gallery  - 8 pictures of Skylines
12 photos of the Lari house in central Yazd, a well-preserved example of Qajar era architecture
16 photos of the Towers of Silence, two circular structures on hilltops near Yazd used by people of Zoroastrian faith for the disposal of their dead
8 photos of skylines of Yazd
Gallery with all images
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