Iran: Yazd (2014)

In October 2014 I traveled in Iran. The desert city Yazd is located in the Center of Iran and was one of the main highlights of my trip. The city is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is a picturesque as Middle Eastern cities come. It is the driest major city of the country and because of generations of adaptations to its desert surroundings, Yazd has a unique Persian architecture. The mud brick old town gives it a unique look, which makes it the perfect city to make some great pics. People here are very friendly and helpful (as basically everywhere in Iran throughout my entire trip). One girl stopped me on the streets to tell me that I look beautiful, a compliment I'm not so much used to receiving in Europe. A teenage boy helped me to find an Iranian sim card and even shared a taxi with me to help me out. When I arrived at this mobile phone store the shop owner could't help me further so he asked his friend to give me a lift on his motor bike to an other area of the city. After arriving there I met another stranger who wanted to chat with me about my travels and life in Europe. I've spent a good part of the day with him and together we visited the Yazd Atash Behram temple. The temple enshrines the Atash Bahram, meaning “Victorious Fire”, dated to 470 AD. This is where Zoroastrians have practiced their religion ever since.

I loved all the narrow sand brick and clay alley ways in Yazd and many quest houses have roof tops open for visitors, from where you have some great views over the old town. Below you can find a selection of pictures that I took in Yazd. Click here to scroll through the photo's in a gallery view.

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