The Most Impressive Attractions of Yazd's Zoroastrian Neighborhood
- ThemeArchitecture/ UNESCO Heritage/ Religious and Epic
- Duration4 hr(s)
- Best TimeSPRING | AUTUMN
Browsing the Zoroastrian tower in the south of Yazd built for excarnation of dead bodies by carnivorous birds;
Visiting the fire temple of Zoroastrians in Yazd city;
Wandering in the Unesco-listed Persian garden in Yazd, dating back to the mid-18th century.
Photos of the The Most Impressive Attractions of Yazd's Zoroastrian Neighborhood
Explore The Route
The Earth, the Fire, the Wind and the Water Shaping the City
Yazd is the birthplace of Zoroastrianism bringing its ingenious architecture to the city. Visit the 9th century Tower of Silence or Dakhma, which served as the resting place of Zoroastrian believers. Zoroastrians considered death as an evil which should not contaminate the soil, a sacred element. Another element sacred for Zoroastrians is the Fire. After the towers, check out the Fire Temple locally known as Atashkadeh, built in 1934. Next, the route will take you to Dowlat-Abad garden, an oasis of beautiful gardens, flowing water and the world’s tallest wind-tower.
Duration : 2 hr(s)
Point Type: STARTING
Tower of Silence
An amphitheater of the dead still has a 3000-year-old tradition of Zoroastrians on display. Water, fire, soil, and wind were sacred elements in the minds of Zoroastrians and there was a great ban against polluting them. Furthermore, they believed that whenever a person died, his body was occupied by an evil spirit. As a consequence, the dead person's corpse couldn't be buried in soil, burnt in the fire or thrown to the water. So, a new architectural structure developed for burying the dead, known as Dakhmeh (dakhma). The Dakhmehs were built on high places, like hill-tops or mountains, in cylindrical forms. They consisted of a circular part encircled by walls a...
Duration : 1 hr(s)
Point Type: STOP OVER
Being the oldest monotheistic religion in the world, Zoroastrianism was the official religion of Iran before Islam. However, Islam didn't erase all the traces of Zoroastrianism from its birth-land and a minority of Zoroastrians still practice their ancestral religion. In Zoroastrianism, fire is one of the most venerated symbols associated with the divine being. Therefore, during history, many fire temples have been built to keep the sacred fire alive. One of these fire temples, though dating from a much more recent time, is the fire temple of Yazd.
The (Atashkadeh-e Yazd) houses the la...
Duration : 1 hr(s)
Point Type: ENDING
Dowlat abad Garden
Standing in the middle of the dry city of Yazd, Dowlat Abad garden (Bagh-e Dowlat-Abad) testifies to a variety of architectural capabilities developed in this city. Dowlat-Abad garden was a residential–governmental garden commissioned by Mohammad Taqi Khan Bafghi in 1750. He was the ruler of Yazd during the Zandiyeh period and commissioned several other historical buildings i...
- Tower of Silence 2 €
- Zoroastrian Fire Temple of Yazd2 €
- Dowlat Abad Garden3 €
- Transportation Type
- Transportation Fee---
As Dakhmeh is located in the suburb of the city, you need to take a taxi to reach there (depends on your accommodation area, it takes about 20 minutes)
You can also start your tour from Dowlat-abad garden and end in Dakhmeh (as the evening is the best time to visit the Tower of Silence).