In the previous post of inside Iran, we visited the colorful historic sites in the city of Shiraz. Now, we’re going to take you to the desert and the fascinating town of Yazd. Welcome to the desert. We just arrived in Yazd. And in this post, we will explore the city, and we’ll do a desert tour. But of course, first start with some tea and lunch in a traditional restaurant. Let’s explore. One of the first things you should do is walk through the old town and just discover this maze of a desert city. Yazd is located km southeast of Isfahan, and has a history of over, years, dating back to the time of the Median empire when it was known as Issatis. The present city name, however, is derived from Yazdegerd I, a Sassanid ruler of Persia. Because of generations of adaptations to its desert surroundings, Yazd has a unique Persian architecture, and is one of the largest cities built almost entirely out of adobe. To deal with the extremely hot summers, many old buildings in Yazd have magnificent wind towers and large underground areas. Next is the Jameh Mosque which dates back to the th century and has the highest minarets in all of Iran.
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If you are wondering why those minarets are so high, it is because they were used kind of like lighthouses. So, people were using them to navigate their way through the desert. It’s the best restaurant in Yazd, and this is called Talar. We went here for lunch. And it is pretty good. So, after lunch, we went to the Chakhmaq square to look for a confectionary to try the typical sweets of Yazd. So, here we have a little sampler of that. How is it? Pretty sweet. Everything they do which is involving sweets is just super sweet. It’s like eating pure sugar. Check out the sunset in Yazd. The Art House Café is a good place to go. Check out this view. In case the Art House Café is too crowded, you should head to Fooka Restaurant, another place in town where you have an amazing view of the sunset. And the third spot I can really recommend checking out for sunset is the Café Irani, which has also a really nice roof right next to the mosque. One of the most prominent structures here in Yazd is the Amir Chakhmaq mosque. And you should come here at night because they light up these alcoves in the mosque in the back, which makes for some really cool pictures. After many recommendations, we went to the Silk Road Hotel here in Yazd to try out some more Persian cuisine. And today, we have aubergine stew, “Budemjan” again, and I got a camel stewapparently this is what you eat here in the desert, camel. Let’s try it out. If you’re searching for a green spot to visit in Yazd, then you should check out the year old Dowlat Abad Garden. You can see those structures all over Yazd. They are socalled wind towers. They catch the wind and bring it down into the building to cool it. It’s basically like an air conditioning system. Pretty clever. Just a minute cab ride out of Yazd, there are the Towers of Silence. These were structures that were used by the Zoroastrians for excarnation.
So, they brought the dead bodies into those structures for the birds. Zoroastrianism is one of the world’s oldest extant religions. After the Arab conquest of Iran, many Zoroastrians migrated to Yazd from neighboring provinces. By paying a levy, Yazd was allowed to remain Zoroastrian even after its conquest. And Islam only gradually became the dominant religion in the city. Even though, the towers of silence are not in use anymore, Yazd’s heritage as a center of Zoroastrianism is still important till today. So, we made it to the desert. This is Saed, our driver what is the name of the Desert? [Saed] Loot desert! Welcome to the desert. Now, things get serious. Davud is the driver. Sunset pictures, hopefully from up the dune. So, we’re now back down and we have a little picnic, because Saed has got us some watermelon, some green tomatoes, and I guess we might have something else. What that is, you will see later. And that’s it from Iran. I hope you liked this series. If you liked it, don’t forget to share this series with your friends, leave me a comment below, and don’t forget to comment to this blog for new travel posts every Thursday. See you next week.
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