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According to Unesco, who have made it a World Heritage Site, Yazd is one of the oldest cities in the world. It was originally known as Ysatis.
It is believed that there was a settlement here as early as 3000 BC. The city of Yazd has certainly been continuously inhabited for more than 2,350 years, and it has such an isolated location that I wouldn't be at all surprised if there were descendants of the original inhabitants still living here.
Yazd is located on an arid plateau between the Dasht-e Kavir, or Great Salt Desert, and the Dasht-e Lot, or Great Sand Desert.
For centuries, it was an important trading stop for the camel trains travelling across Asia on the silk roads, and Marco Polo passed through here in 1272, on his way to China, describing it as a good and noble city. I share his view.
The people of Yazd are some of the nicest and friendliest that I have met anywhere in the world.
Yazd is the traditional centre of the Zoroastrian faith and twenty per cent of all the Zoroastrians in the world live in and around Yazd.
Zoroastrians are followers of Zoroaster, who was born around 550 BC. They worship fire as a symbol of the first universal god, and keep eternal flames burning in their temples.
They are perhaps best known for their unusual method of disposing of their dead. Because they believe that their bodies will contaminate the purity of the earth, they are not buried. Instead, they are placed at the tops of mountains, in Towers of Silence, where they can be consumed by vultures.
You can see the Towers of Silence just outside the city. The picture on the left is the view of Yazd from the highest Tower of Silence.
Islam eventually replaced Zoroastrianism as the main religion of the Persians.
The people of Yazd are great craftsmen, and their main mosques, the fourteenth century Amir Chakhmagh Mosque and Masjed-e Jame, are stunningly beautiful.
A distinctive feature of the architecture of Yazd is the number of badgirs, or wind towers, used to ventilate the houses, even in the city centre.
This is a close-up of the material that the Old City walls of Yazd are made of. As you can see, it's actually a mixture... more travel advice
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