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Yazd


The city of Yazd has a history of over 3,000 years, dating back to the time of the Median empire, when it was known as Ysatis. The present city name has however been derived from Yazdegerd I, a Sassanid ruler.

The city was a Zoroastrian centre during Sassanid times; after the Arab Islamic conquest of Persia many Zoroastrians fled to Yazd from neighbouring provinces. By paying a levy, Yazd remained Zoroastrian even after its conquest, and Islam only gradually became the dominant religion in the city.

Because of its remote desert location and the difficulty of approach, Yazd had remained largely immune to large battles and the destruction and ravages of war. For instance, it was a haven for those fleeing from destruction in other parts of Persia during the invasion of Genghis Khan. It was visited by Marco Polo in 1272, who remarked on the city's fine silk-weaving industry. It briefly served as the capital of the Muzaffarid Dynasty in the fourteenth century, and was unsuccessfully besieged in 1350−1351 by the Injuids under Shaikh Abu Ishaq. The Friday Mosque (Masjed-e Jameh), arguably the city's greatest architectural landmark, as well as other important buildings, date to this period. During the Qajar dynasty (18th Century AD) it was ruled by the Bakhtiari Khans.
g9/22/867822/3/156523186.xEG5X7hm.jpg Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
persian carpet shop
persian carpet shop
Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
Dakhmeh: Zoroastrian cemetery
Dakhmeh: Zoroastrian cemetery
g9/22/867822/3/158628459.riSePzL5.jpg Bogheh-ye Sayyed Roknaddin
Bogheh-ye Sayyed Roknaddin
Alexander's prison
Alexander's prison
Faravahar
Faravahar
Saheb a Zaman Sports Club
Saheb a Zaman Sports Club
Bogheh-ye Sayyed Roknaddin
Bogheh-ye Sayyed Roknaddin
g9/22/867822/3/158628457.eVeIwaFI.jpg Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
Zurkhaneh meel
Zurkhaneh meel
Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
Alexander's prison
Alexander's prison
Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
badgirs
badgirs
Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
badgirs
badgirs
Dakhmeh
Dakhmeh
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DSC_3109.jpg
Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
Dakhmeh: Zoroastrian cemetery
Dakhmeh: Zoroastrian cemetery
fašade of the Amir Chakhmaq Complex
fašade of the Amir Chakhmaq Complex
communal cooking
communal cooking
g9/22/867822/3/158628460.QdIvd7U6.jpg g9/22/867822/3/158628461.z8tVxB6W.jpg Amir Chakhmaq Complex
Amir Chakhmaq Complex
Alexander's prison
Alexander's prison
Nakhl in Yazd
Nakhl in Yazd
statues of water sellers in the fountain at Yazd's main square
statues of water sellers in the fountain at Yazd's main square
Dakhmeh: Zoroastrian cemetery
Dakhmeh: Zoroastrian cemetery
badgirs
badgirs
g9/22/867822/3/158637208.QJKGM7SU.jpg Markar clock tower
Markar clock tower
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Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
old door at the Jameh Mosque
old door at the Jameh Mosque
Abarkuh / ابركوه‎
Abarkuh / ابركوه‎
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Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
dome of the Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
dome of the Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
Dakhmeh: Zoroastrian cemetery
Dakhmeh: Zoroastrian cemetery
g9/22/867822/3/158620993.7Gj0Sd1y.jpg Yazd / یزد‎
Yazd / یزد‎
Dakhmeh: Zoroastrian cemetery
Dakhmeh: Zoroastrian cemetery
Dakhmeh: Zoroastrian cemetery
Dakhmeh: Zoroastrian cemetery
Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
flee market
flee market
Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
domed ceiling at Saheb a Zaman Sports Club
domed ceiling at Saheb a Zaman Sports Club
Jameh Mosque
Jameh Mosque
Zurkhaneh meel
Zurkhaneh meel
g9/22/867822/3/158636470.k43f0tW8.jpg Bogheh-ye Sayyed Roknaddin
Bogheh-ye Sayyed Roknaddin
detail of Masjed-e Jameh minaret
detail of Masjed-e Jameh minaret
Dakhmeh: Zoroastrian cemetery
Dakhmeh: Zoroastrian cemetery
g9/22/867822/3/155704573.CIihBv1J.jpg the new Friday Mosque
the new Friday Mosque
Tomb of the 12 Imams
Tomb of the 12 Imams
g9/22/867822/3/158628456.uGZKZxQ6.jpg Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
Windcatcher (badgir) / بادگیر‎
Windcatcher (badgir) / بادگیر‎
Amir Chakhmaq square
Amir Chakhmaq square
Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
Masjed-e Jameh / مسجد جامع
Dakhmeh: Zoroastrian cemetery
Dakhmeh: Zoroastrian cemetery