Saturday, June 29, 2013

Yazd, The City of WindCatchers (bâdgir)

Yazd is a historical city in Iran. The city is located 270 km southeast of Isfahan.
Because of generations of adaptations to its desert surroundings, Yazd is an architecturally unique city. This city is sometimes called "the bride of the Kavir".

It is also known in Iran for the high quality of its handicrafts, especially silk weaving, and its sweet shops.

Yazd is of foremost importance as a centre of Persian architecture. Because of its climate, it has one of the largest networks of qanats in the world, and Yazdi qanat makers are considered the most skilled in Iran.

To deal with the extremely hot summers, many old buildings in Yazd have magnificent windcatchers, and large underground areas. 

The city is also home to prime examples of yakhchals , the latter of which were used to store ice retrieved from glaciers in the nearby mountains. Yazd is also one of the largest cities built almost entirely out of adobe.
We had a trip to Yazd these days and I had a chance to see many beautiful places there and do some sketches.

Some sculptures in the AmirChakhmagh Square. An "Ab anbar" (water reservoir) is seen in the background with it's four windcatchers.

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