The Old Town of Yazd

Historical Context

HelloPersia Nov 26, 2018 2 min read

Yazd is one of the historical and most visited destinations in Iran. It has a lot to offer in terms of tourist attractions and monuments. Among the most popular sites is Yazd’s old town. It is one of the world’s oldest still inhabited towns. UNESCO has listed the old town as a world heritage site.

The warren-like streets in the old neighborhood turn the area into a huge labyrinth. The old town is home to a cluster of yellow brown mud-brick houses which shows how dry the city is. The houses have roofs featuring domes and wind towers (ancient air conditioners). The beautiful wooden doors open to stunning traditional houses or colorful handcraft shops. Taking a walk in the neighborhood feels like walking through history.


Moreover, you can see steep stairways down to Qanats which are channels transferring water from underground sources to city houses.

The Fahadan district is the most intact part of the old town. Visitors can enjoy vibrant and lively nights and stops. They can also visit Khaney-e Honor, an art gallery with a rooftop tea-house and the picturesque scenery of the old town.

The best time to visit the area to take pictures is in the afternoon, or at sunset.

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