IRAN / TRAVELS

In the land of windcatchers, clay and Zoroastrians


Yazd, clay dry city in the Southern Iran, the capital of Yazd province, is one of my sweetest memories. This place is magical, I wish these pictures could reveal all that beauty, cleverness and inteligence of ancient Persian people.

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Amir Chakhmaq Complex

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Jame Mosque of Yazd

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Meybod

Meybod

Meybod

Meybod

The windcatchers (baghirs), huge towers catching the wind were used to cool the interior of the building, something similar to modern air condition system. The city of Yazd is full of windcatchers; one of the highest baghir is located in Dowlat Abad Garden. At the time of our visit the small pool needed for warm air to be colled was empty, we could feel the light refreshing breeze. Except windcatchers you can see and visit ice houses (for storing ice!! in nice Iranian weather- around 40degrees), caravansarai (places where travelers could stay and sleep overnight in the ancient times), we also visited abandoned clay village of Kharānaq and drove into the desert to the most sacred of the mountain shrines of Zoroastrianism.

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The baghir in Dowlat Abad Garden

4 windcatchers and ice house

4 windcatchers and ice house

Ice house in Meybod

Ice house in Meybod

Clay pigeon house

Clay pigeon house

Abandoned Kharānaq

Abandoned Kharānaq

on the roof of Kharānaq

on the roof of Kharānaq

detail of windcatcher

detail of windcatcher

Kharānaq

Kharānaq

street of Yazd

street of Yazd

into the desert

into the desert

With the guardian of sacred Zoroastrian shrine

With the guardian of sacred Zoroastrian shrine

View from Chak Chak shrine

View from Chak Chak shrine

 

 

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