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.
01 People walking on pavement 02 Imam Khomeini street 03 Shop 04 Alley 05 Alley
06 Windcatcher 07 Badgir 08 Islamic cleric crossing street 09 Vegetables shop 10 Fruits and vegetables shop
11 Staircase to well 12 Children on staircase to well 13 Windcatcher 14 Window with wooden grid 15 Badgir
16 Windcatchers 17 Windcatchers 18 Windcatcher 19 Street 01 Amir Chakhmaq complex
02 Amir Chakhmaq complex 03 Amir Chakhmaq complex 04 Amir Chakhmaq complex
05 Amir Chakhmaq complex at dusk 06 Amir Chakhmaq complex at night 07 Amir Chakhmaq complex at night 08 Amir Chakhmaq complex at night
09 Amir Chakhmaq complex at night 10 Amir Chakhmaq complex at night 01 Mosque portal 02 Hazireh mosque portal and minarets
03 Minarets - Hazireh mosque 04 Hazireh mosque portal and minarets 05 Shrine interior 06 Shrine interior 07 Islamic patterns on ceiling 08 Ilamic patterns on door of Jameh mosque
09 Mihrab in Jameh mosque 10 Jameh mosque prayer hall 11 Mihrab in Jameh mosque 12 Persian carpet in Jameh mosque 13 Jameh mosque portal
14 Bogheh-ye Seyed Roknaddin mausoleum 15 Jameh mosque portal 16 Jameh mosque portal 17 Jameh mosque portal 18 Jameh mosque portal
19 Jameh mosque 20 Jameh mosque dome 21 Bogheh-ye Seyed Roknaddin mausoleum and Hazireh mosque 22 Woman walking past mosque portal
01 Tomb of the 12 Imams 02 Tomb of the 12 Imams 03 Dome of the Tomb of the 12 Imams 04 Alexander prison
05 Tomb of the 12 Imams and Alexander prison 06 Tomb of the 12 Imams and Alexander prison 07 Alexander prison at night 08 Tomb of the 12 Imams at night
09 Tomb of the 12 Imams and Alexander prison 10 Tomb of the 12 Imams and Alexander prison 01 Ateshkadeh temple 02 Ateshkadeh Zoroastrian fire temple
03 Ateshkadeh Zoroastrian fire temple 04 Ateshkadeh Zoroastrian fire temple 05 Faravahar Zoroastrian symbol 06 Fire temple hall 07 Eternal fire
08 Ateshkadeh Zoroastrian fire temple 09 Ateshkadeh temple 10 Ateshkadeh Zoroastrian fire temple 11 Ateshkadeh temple 12 Ateshkadeh temple
13 Ateshkadeh Zoroastrian fire temple 14 Ateshkadeh temple 01 inner court 02 inner court 03 Windows
04 Ornamental doors 05 Ornamental doors 06 Ornamental doors 07 Arches in Lari house 08 Lari house interior
09 inner court 10 Inner court 11 inner court 12 Bathroom 01 Tower of silence
02 Tower of silence
03 Tower of silence 04 Dakhma
05 Zoroastrian towers of silence 06 Zoroastrian towers of silence 07 Zoroastrian tower of silence
08 Dakhma 09 Tower of silence 10 Tower of silence
11 Dakhma 12 Zoroastrian tower of silence 13 Dakhma
14 Tower of silence 15 Dakhma
16 Tower of silence 01 Yazd skyline
02 Yazd skyline 03 Yazd skyline 04 Yazd sunset
05 Yazd skyline
06 Night view of Yazd 07 Night view of Yazd
08 Night view of Yazd
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