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Ancient Yazd: Pearl of the Desert

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An August 2001 trip to Yazd by Mutt

Yazd Water Museum Photo, Yazd, Iran More Photos
Quote: The ancient city of Yazd is one of the oldest in the world and yet is still worth a visit today.

Ancient Yazd: Pearl of the Desert

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Overview

Merchant's House Photo,
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A barren plain in the heart of the Kevir Desert between the great mountains of Dasht-é Kevir and Dasht-é Lut is a curious place to build a city, but its position as a key pass on the old Silk Road to China meant that this was exactly what founders of Yazd had to do.The story of the technical breakthroughs that allowed these pioneers to make the desert bloom is told in the fascinating Yazd Water Museum, while the results of their endeavours are still to be seen to this day on the streets of the old city.The story of their day to day lives is retold in a pleasant little ethnographical museum at the Zendan-é Eskandar (Alexander`s Prison...Read More

Yazd Old City

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Attraction | "Old City"

Yazd Old City Photo, Yazd, Iran
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The old city of Yazd is believed to be the second oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. It consists of a vast mass of adobe (clay and straw) houses interwoven with a labyrinthine network of thin alleyways called kuchés and getting lost amongst these is an unmissable part of the Yazd experience.Most historians place the foundation of the old city in the reign of Sassanid Dynasty (226–650AD) ruler Yazdegerd I (r.399-420AD) and while Yazd may now have developed into a prosperous and industrialised metropolis the old city at its heart has become home to the urban poor meaning that little has changed structurally in the 1,600 years since it was built. The rows of...Read More

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Yazd Old City

Yazd, Iran

Yazd Water Museum

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Attraction

Yazd Water Museum Photo, Yazd, Iran
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Just off of Meidûn-é Amîr Chakmâgh is an old building illuminated by an enormous flashing neon sign that in any other country would be advertising a tacky night-club or run-down casino but here in Yazd it is calling your attention to the equally thrilling sounding Yazd Water Museum.Building a city in the desert was never going to be easy but the 5th century workmen who set-about laying the foundations succeeded through hard-work and ingenuity the story of which is retold in this former merchant’s house. A series of exhibits of ancient tools and machinery, all well labelled in English, relate the design and construction of the engineering marvel that allowed the dessert to bloom. The...Read More

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Yazd Water Museum
Amir Chakhmagh sq.
Yazd, Iran

Zendan-e Eskandar (Alexander`s Prison)

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Attraction

Zendan-e Eskandar (Alexander`s Prison) Photo, Iran, Middle East
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Legends of the old city’s foundation go back all the way to the time of the equally legendary Macedonian conqueror Alexander the Great (r.330-323BC) and while serious historian put the city’s origins much later than that, around the 4th century AD, we wouldn’t want to let it interfere with a good story or indeed a good tourist trap.A deep, circular, brick-lined pit almost 30m in diameter resembling an ancient dungeon found at the heart of the old city bears the name Zendan-e Eskandar (Alexander`s Prison). It is alleged by some to have been built by Alex to hold his captives during his conquest of Persia and alleged by others to have been built by the Persians to hold the capt...Read More

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Zendan-e Eskandar (Alexander`s Prison)
Old City, Yazd
Yazd, Iran

Kahn Bazaar/King's Bazaar

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Hotel | "Bāzār-é Khan (King’s Bazaar)"

Kahn Bazaar/King's Bazaar Photo, Yazd, Iran
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Yazd grew up from a caravanesi on a key crossroad of the ancient Silk Road to China. Marco Polo passed through here in 1272 and saw a prosperous community of intelligent, industrious, and talented people that he called "the noble city." Trade continues to be important for the city to this day and the bazaar is still the beating heart of the city.Bāzār-é Khan (King's Bazaar) is a massive adobe building just off Meidūn-é Amīr Chakmāgh in the centre of the city and within its miles of unmarked high-arched corridors you will soon get hopelessly lost as you discover all manner of goods for sale from the opulent ostentation of the goldsmith’s bazaar and the exotic sme...Read More

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Kahn Bazaar/King's Bazaar

Yazd, Iran