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The sand-colored maze known as Yazd, Iran

Posted by on December 31, 2012
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Mud-brick houses and narrow, ancient streets make up the beautiful, sand-colored city that is Yazd. And within these winding lanes is a city rich in history, one that’s frequented by foreigners and locals alike. Yazd is believed to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities of the world and is home to the largest population of Zoroastrians, people who follow Iran’s indigenous religion, which was in place prior to the arrival of Islam. Plus, where else in the world can you see a fire that’s been burning for 1,500 years? (Hint: It’s found in Yazd and is called the Ateshkadeh, or fire temple.) I’d never get tired of wandering and getting lost in those streets — the architecture, the people, the smells of home-cooked food coming from the old homes. When it comes to Yazd, pictures definitely speak louder than words. Take a look.

The fire temple known as Ateshkadeh.The 1,500 year old Eternal Flame.

The hotels are sometimes just as much of a sight to see as the ancient stuff. Former mansions, these hotels are beautifully decorated, like the one below, which happens to be the most famous one in Yazd. I didn’t stay here, but I did take a few snaps.

The courtyard in a different, similarly stunning hotel.

In the old town, a local man weaves a silk blanket.

On my last night in Yazd, I played ping-pong against the hotel receptionist and some Japanese tourists.

 

 

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