The old city of Yazd
With its Badgirs (wind towers or windward) poking out of a baked-brown labyrinth of lanes, the old city of Yazd emerges like a phoenix from the desert – a very old phoenix. The old city of Yazd is one of the oldest towns on earth, according to UNESCO world heritage sites, and is the perfect place to get a feel for the region’s rich history. Just about everything in the old city of Yazd is made from sun-dried mud bricks, and the resulting brown skyline is dominated by tall windward on almost every rooftop.
The residential quarters appear almost deserted because of the high walls, which shield the houses from the narrow and labyrinthine alleys crisscrossing the town.
Wander around; you will doubtless discover simple courtyards, ornate wooden doors and some lovely adobe architecture. In the meantime, you will be discovered by countless children who will help lead you out of the maze when you are ready. Be sure to get yourself to the rooftops at some point for fine views over Yazd and into the vast brown expanses of the desert.
Many Iranians and foreign tourists like to visit the Old city of Yazd to view the architecture typically found in desert areas,
It is known as the city of wind towers, Zoroastrians, termeh (traditional brocade), silk weaving and sweets (like Baqlava and Qotab).
A trip to Yazd will make you familiar with life in desert towns and how people cope with it. You learn about Qanat (underground water supply system, aqueduct) for which Iranians are well known.
The water reservoirs, icehouses, wind-towers and pigeon towers make the visit to Yazd worthwhile, as tourists explore the uniqueness of this ancient city.
Traditionally, Yazd is famous for termeh, the brocades made with Iranian patterns and used in dresses, bags, footwear and interior decoration.
The ancient caravan routes went through Yazd and linked major cities of the world. Its earlier residents were more involved in trade than agriculture.
At present, many tile and porcelain factories are operating outside Yazd, attracting laborers and producing good-quality products for domestic as well as international markets.