Amir Chakhmaq Complex

The Amir Chakhmagh Complex is a prominent structure in Yazd noted for its symmetrical alcoves. Built in the 13th century. It contains a mosque, caravanserai, a tekyeh, a bathhouse, and a cold water well. The building is floodlit at night and there are wonderful views of the town and the surrounding desert landscape from the third - storey. There is also a huge wooden palm leaf-shaped nakhl - used in the Ashura rituals to carry a representative martyr of the imam decked with swords, money and mirrors outside the building.

Amir Chakhmaq

Larry House

Larry House is located in Yazd’s historical area and is near Fahadan Hotel Museum and Alexander’s Prison. When you exit the main door of Fahadan Hotel Museum, turn left on the first alley.
Larry House belonged to a person from Yazd and was used as Neematollahi dervishes’ hermitage. It was made in Qajar period and got 2 main andaruni (inside) and biruni (outside). The main feature of Iran’s original old houses is the existence of these two parts. According to the culture, family members lived in andaruni part and the biruni part was allotted to reception of guests. Another feature of this building is that due to the location of wind tower and skylight, the place of living in summer and winter was different. The most important part of this house is the mirror art room that is mixed with stucco which was made about 60 years ago. This artistic atmosphere was probably used for fancy.
If you ask, this building is in the plan and keep in mind that because it is located in the most eastern historical part of Yazd.

Dowlatabad Garden

Dowlatabad Garden is an authentic Iranian Garden created in the mid-18th century. The garden is famous for having the tallest wind towers in Iran with 34 meter height.

Zoroastrian Handicrafts Shop

This offers a great chance to pick up some authentic Iranian handicrafts and souvenirs of Zoroastrian style mostly. The shop is on the main circuit near Alexander Prison as you walk through the old city. It’s near the tourist information Centre.

Yazd Water Museum

This 124 years old Museum located in city of Yazd (Central Iran) displays the tool, techniques used for the past 4000 years in Iran in creating underground waterways (called Qanats) and connecting them to the city and field locations for agricultural and other uses. Before the romans built their Aquaducts, Iranians had built an extensive system of underground (aquaduct) Qanats. A lot of these systems are still functioning today, in fact there is large one under this museum.

Water Museum

Yazd water museum was set up in 2000 in the wake of the first international conference on qanat in Yazd. The museum building has once been a merchant’s house built in 1929. Two qanats are running beneath the museum at different levels, which are reachable through a special stairway called Payab. This museum has put on display a variety of water objects from qanat to water ownership documents. Some parts of the house structure represent some parts of water history in the region. For example the stairway to qanat or a reservoir on the roof can show how water technologies and everyday life have been interwoven in the past.   
The museum is one of the best tourist destinations in Yazd, which receive hundreds of visitors every day.

Yazd Tower of silence

In the past, in accordance with the Zoroastrian belief concerning the purity of the earth, dead bodies were left here to be picked clean by the vultures. Such towers have not been used anymore since the ’60s. The tower is located 15 km southeast of Yazd and now open to public.

Atashkadeh

The Yazd Atashkadeh is located on Kashani Street in Yazd province. It is considered a holy Zoroastrian temple which is home to Atash Bahram (Victorious Fire). The building was constructed in 1934 under the supervision of Jamshid Amanat on a piece of land donated by the Amanat brothers, and funded by various sources. It involves the gathering of different types of fire gathered from 16 different sources, including lightning, fire from a cremation pyre, fire from trades where a furnace is operated, and fires from the hearths. Each of the 16 fires is then subject to a purification ritual before it joins the others.

The fire on the inside has supposedly been burning since 470 AD

Thirty two priests are required for the consecration ceremony, which can take up to a year to complete. However, the name Atash Bahram has now come to mean the temple that houses the highest grade of fire used in Zoroastrianism

Generally

Yazd is the capital of Yazd Province and its located midway between Isfahan and Kerman, 689 km (427 miles) south east of Tehran. Yazd is well connected to the rest of the country by planes, trains and buses

Yazd is originally founded in the Sassasian period (AD 224-637), Yazd's heyday as a commercial and trading city was in the 14th and 15th centuries.

The ancient city of Yazd can lay claim to being one of the oldest, continuously inhabited places on earth.

Yazd is famous for its ancient ventilation system of “badgirs” (wind towers), designed to catch even the faintest of breezes and channel them to the buildings below. Yazd is also famous for its skilled qanat or water-channel.

Because of generations of adaptations to its desert surroundings, Yazd has a unique Persian architecture. It is nicknamed the city of wind catchers (Shahr-e Badgirha) because of its ancient Persian wind catchers.

Yazd Old City

The Old City of Yazd is quite amazing. It’s like a sandy brick town in the desert – except it’s built up, it’s populated and it’s not really that deserted any more. Take time to wander round the streets on your own. The streets are all narrow and sometimes you’ll get a car or a motorbike zooming past you – but no buses or big transport in the old city – they wouldn’t fit. It’s marvelous. Walls everywhere, a distinct lack of advertising and no big brands. This is hardcore Iran.

Masjid-e Jame (Friday Mosque)

Masjid-e Jame (Friday Mosque), dating back to 14th century is well worth a visit. It is an example of finest Persian mosaics and excellent architecture. Its minarets are the highest in the country. Admire it at night when it is lit up.

Alexander’s Prison
This prison has a history behind it and is no longer used as a prison. Indeed it’s now open to the public as a museum. Apparently a Hafez poem refers to this place and mentions that Alexander the Great had built a dungeon here. There’s a tomb next door, a courtyard and a tea house.

Bogheh-ye Sayyed Roknaddin
The beautiful blue-tiled dome of the Bogheh-ye Sayyed Roknaddin, the tomb of local Islamic notable Sayyed Roknaddin Mohammed Qazi, is visible from any elevated point in the city built 700 years ago. The dome is notable and the interior stucco and other decoration remains impressive. The door is often closed but a knock should bring the caretaker.

written by AH.Younesi