Stretching between two deserts, the ancient town of Yazd has a quiet history most notable for its reputation along the caravan routes as a silk weaving center. Founded in the 5th century AD, its isolated location and desert climate proved to be the city’s greatest assets, concealing it from the waves of invaders that destroyed other more favorably situated cities.
Yazd means “to feast and worship” and many people here maintain the Zoroastrian traditions that this word expresses. Zoroastrians fleeing Arab invaders found safe haven in Yazd, as did artists and poets escaping the Mongols. Together, they made Yazd a city of tolerance and beauty. A tour of Yazd includes a visit to the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence and Fire Temple, the Dowlat-Abad Garden, the Friday Mosque and Alexander’s Prison.
PUBLISHED: July 18, 2013