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Yazd

Listed under Historic Towns and Villages in Yazd, Iran.

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This is one of Iran’s oldest cities dating back 3,000 years; its centre and streets have been built up out of the desert and been adapted over time and its architecture is like that in no other city. Some of the best examples of Zoroastrian temples survive in Yazd, notably a Fire Temple and a grand Tower of Silence. These buildings have endured partly because of the city’s remote location which made it difficult for armies to take, it is also known for its Persian architecture and buildings built part underground to help deal with the heat. Yazd is famed for its textiles and craft, especially its silk and its sweetshops.

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Despite Iran's recent troubles, there are many beautiful sites of historic interest for the intrepid traveller. Yazd is a mystical place to visit. It is surrounded by a quite majestic landscape of both desert and mountains, and the Towers of Silence are wondrous to behold. It is where the Persians used to take their dead and the atmosphere of the Towers is both moving and fascinating; they seem almost to throb with the souls of those laid to rest there, in a beautiful way, in the shimmering heat. The Towers and the Fire Temple are also a poignant reminder of pre Islamic Persia. An extraordinary destination.

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