Yazd Things to Do

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    Windtowers

    by xaver Updated Jan 11, 2015

    What catches soon your attention around Yazd are the windtowers.
    Iranians invented windtowers to face the harshly variable climates of the country.They caught the wind and distributed it in the house rooms(aircon). Winditowers still stand and are used in various desert towns. The towers are not only on ordinary houses but also on top of water cisterns and mosques. The function of the cistern below most windtowers in hot dry regions was to help balance humidity inside the house.

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    Bazar

    by xaver Written Jan 11, 2015

    Yadz bazar is located betwen Khan square and Khan school. It is not a huge bazar but in my opinion it is still better than the Tehran one. The bazar is protected by two wooden gates. The most interesting part of the bazar is the goldsmith one.

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    Malek o Tojjar Hotel

    by xaver Written Jan 11, 2015

    Our driver and guide insisted telling us that we should visit this hotel as it was unique. It is inside the bazar and the entrance is very anonymous so that you really get a surprise once you are in.
    This hotel is an ancent mansion, in the past belonged to a well known business man whose title Malek o Tojjar was given by a king due to his trustworthy. His descendandts lived in this house for 4 generations. The various rooms of the building have unique carachteristic, any room adorned with different paintings on the walls and the ceilings.
    In the 1997 the Malek o Tojjar was inaugurated as the first mud brick hotel world wide and became complete with 23 rooms and 77 beds, some of the rooms are worth a visit.
    We visited the summer room, the winter one and the one I enjoyed more, the mirror room. Each room has a bathroom which is on a lower floor and the steps are high, so if you need to go in the bathroom often during the night, you'll better stay away from this hotel.
    They ask 1 € for the visit.

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    Amir Chakhmaq

    by xaver Written Jan 11, 2015

    The wonderful three floors facade of this building is one the most unusual architectural examples of all Iran. Recently there have been added some portics to keep the traffic away from the building. It is possible to go up untill the first floor to have a nice view of the square.
    Sometime it is used for theater performances with spectators standing in the small portics.

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    Jameh Mosque

    by xaver Written Jan 11, 2015

    This Mosque also known as Friday Mosque dominates the old city.
    The gate covered with majolica tiles is one of the highest of all Iran and next to it there are two minarets 48 meters high.
    The Gardoneh mehr (swastika) painted on the majolica (picture 2) tilesrapresents the infinity, the ethernity, the birth and the death, and the same symbol can be found in other buildings in Iran dating back untill 5000 a.c.

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    Atashkadeh (Fire Temple) 

    by xaver Written Jan 11, 2015

    The flame inside the temple, is considered to be the symbol of the God of Light. The flame has been burning for the past 3000 years, which makes the place one of the most important fire temples for the zoroastrians.
    In the temple there is also a large garden and a pool.
    Ticket price 50000 rials
    Open:8-12 15-18 from saturday to thursday

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    The Mausoleum of Seyed Roknaddin 

    by xaver Written Jan 11, 2015

    The beautiful blue dome that marks the Mausoleum of Seyed Roknaddin, is easily visable from all the city center. Here you will find the tomb of the Islamic notable Seyed Roknaddin. Its wind tower is 33 meters high.
    In the interior you can find a water stream and the cold air coming from the wind tower cooled the interior with the action of the water. Water and cold wind are too important in the desert to not use them in a useful way.
    Open 8-13 16-20
    On friday 10-12

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    Alexander Prison

    by xaver Written Jan 11, 2015

    This prison is usually believed to have been built by Alexander the great in 15th century.
    The prison is in the centre of the old city and it's hardly missable cause of its particulary domed roof.
    Near the prison there is the tomb of 12 imams, a building of XII century.Inside there are the iscriptions of the names of the 12 Imams, though none of them is buried here.
    Open from 8 to 17
    Ticket 0,20€

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    Sights Sounds and Smells of the Zurkhaneh Club

    by Orchid Written May 6, 2013

    The Zurkhaneh Club will delight your eyes, your ears, and your nose will get a workout as well.

    The Saheb a Zaman Sports Club is just off the Amir Chaqmaq Square. You can watch the world go by in the square whilst waiting form the show to begin. The night we went it began at 6pm, but best to check it out during the day to be sure. Entry in 2011 was 10000IR each.

    Zurkhaneh means, in Farsi, 'house of strength', and it is strength you see exhibited here. There is also clearly joy, camaraderie and pride of performance. The performance last about an hour. We guests remove our shoes to enter the viewing area. The arena is in a circular pit, under the broad dome of a former water reservoir and above the water storage itself. The walls are covered with trophies, murals and sporting equipment.

    You will see burly men warming up, doing push-ups and marching in circles. You will see club twirling, and you will see dervish twirling. You will even see dervish twirling endurance contests. The finale sees the most experienced indulging in skillful chain swinging. All the while the cadence of the performance is kept by the drummers, who also chant poetry, and generally keep the ship in order.

    What the guide books omit to mention is that the performance is also an olfactory experience, where the odour of sweaty shoes is gradually overcome by the miasma of underarm and he-man sweat! I slipped downstairs to the now empty water reservoir chamber over which the arena has been constructed. The reservoir is also graced by 5 elegant badgirs, which can be observed from outside in Amir Chaqmaq square, to which we return for a stroll in the cool evening air after the performance

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    Refreshing Watermelon

    by Orchid Updated Apr 16, 2013

    It can be hot work wandering the dusty lanes of this adobe city.

    And eventually you will need some refreshment

    You are heartily sick of Delester!

    Keep a look out and you will eventually see a watermelon vendor.

    A couple of slices of watermelon cost next to nothing, are safe to eat, and help support the small businessman

    I see it! Two slices please Freshly captured melons Tasty
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    Jameh Mosque

    by Orchid Written Apr 14, 2013

    In keeping with our rule to select only the finest religious buildings for a visit, we chose the Jameh mosque. It is renowned for its brilliant tilework, and the massive portal and minaret (among the tallest in Iran) at the western entrance. it was covered in scaffolding on our vist.

    Inside is an arcaded courtyard, where often one saw young people either gathering to talk, or sketch. The massive squat dome covers the sanctuary, at the end of a deep iwan. The mihrab in here is tall and intricately decorated with faience and calligraphy

    Damn. Scaffolding Interior courtyard Sketching the mosque Intricate tiled decoration
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  • Moments with Arthur Upham Pope & Phyllis Ackerman

    by a_kaffash Updated Aug 18, 2009

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    One of the merits of the Great city of Esfahan is the river passing through, called "Zayandeh-Rood". So there are lots of bridges built on the river some historical some new, the name of one of the ancient rivers is "Khajou" bridge. I don't want to talk about it but in the East side of the bridge there is small building containing Professor Arthur Upham Pope and his wife Phyllis Ackerman's Tomb, I am sure lots of people go to see the bridge but never explore what a great person resting near "Zayande Rood" river bank.

    Arthur Upham Pope (1881-1969), was an American archaeologist and historian of Persian art. He married fellow Persian art historian, Phyllis Ackerman, in 1920. In 1923, Pope was appointed director of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. They were pioneers in the study of the Persian art, history, heritage and culture, and its interrelations.

    In 1964, during a state visit to Iran, They were formally invited to move The Asia Institute in Shiraz as an independent research center of publication and study, which would be housed in the Narenjestan Garden [ I will Talk about this garden that now is a museum in my shiraz Travel guide] . They accepted this generous offer and following months of planning, packing and organization, they returned permanently to Iran in 1966.

    They spent their final days in Iran and upon their death, they were provided with a magnificent mausoleum built in Professor Pope Park on the banks of the Zayandeh River in their beloved city of Isfahan

    Arthur Pope mausoleum Pol e Khajoo (khajou Bridge)
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  • Walking from Jame Mosque to Alexander Prison

    by a_kaffash Written Aug 5, 2009

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    One of the greatest places you can see in Yazd is its Jame Mosque with the enormous gate and dome and its nice combination of colors-navy and khaki-all under the absolute blue sky.
    If you want to go from Jame Mosque to Alexander Prison by cab it might take you a long time, but walking through narrow alleys is a cheaper and more comforting alternative.
    Alleys mostly are roofed in traditional way and if it wasn't covered by Asphalts you would feel you're in the dynasty of Qhajars or Safavid or even further.

    Alleys with roof Jame mosque alexander prison
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  • About Vank Church in Esfahan

    by a_kaffash Written Aug 1, 2009

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    For me after visiting Esfahan's numerous palaces, gardens and mosques It was undoubtedly worth to see how christianity exists in Iran and that was my second experience of visiting a Church which was great. The museum of the church is also so helpfull to know more about armenian.

    There are three churches in Julfa, of which the most important is the Vank church or (The Church of the Saintly Sisters). This church has been built in the reign of Shah Abbas II, in 1074 (1663 A.D.).

    Its design is very much similar to that of the domed sanctuary chamber of a Persian mosque, with the addition of a raised chancel and altar within a semi, octagonal apse. By contrast to its modest exterior, the cathedral`s interior is lavishly decorated.

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  • Zoroastrians' Fire Temple

    by a_kaffash Written Jul 31, 2009

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    The Yazd province is home to the largest population of Zoroastrians in Iran. Zoroast was the ancient prophet of Persians, who had brought a religion, Zoroastrism, based on humanity and goodwill, which is still very alive.

    These constructions are very important to the Zoroastrians, and normally include a building and beautiful gardens. They house the Holy Fire, which is cherished by Zoroastrians, and have been alight for over 1500 years. The Fire is kept in a case higher than the ground, far from sunshine. There are rooms for rituals around the monuments.

    After all if you come to Yazd you should visit this place which helps you understand Persian culture more and more.

    Inside, The Fire Place Outside
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