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Antique Drawer Handles, Yazd, Iran

Yazd

Trapped between two of Iran’s largest deserts, Yazd is an oasis town that is famous for its unique architecture.

Generations of adaption to the harsh desert environment have left Yazd with a distinctive architectural style. Soaring minarets and hundreds of badgirs – specially designed wind towers – make up Yazd’s iconic roof-scape.

Mosque, Yazd, Iran
Mosque, Yazd
Tower of Silence, Yazd, Iran
Tower of Silence, Yazd

Why visit Yazd

The adapted design of the cities rooftops was a necessity for survival in the city; the nearby Dasht-e Lut was the hottest place on Earth for seven consecutive years during a 21st century scientific study. The city is also renowned for its Zoroastrian community. Although now much-depleted after centuries of persecution, this religious minority still makes up 10% of the city’s inhabitants.

Experiences

A selection of activities and experiences you could consider including in your holiday to Iran.

Shiraz

Visit Shiraz, the city of poets, and birthplace of Hafez and Sa’di.

Isfahan

Isfahan’s central square is an architectural wonder, follow it with a stroll through the nearby sprawling bazaar.

Persepolis

Built by Darius the Great and then sacked by Alexander the Great, Persepolis is an impressive site.

Yazd

Visit the oasis town of Yazd renowned for its Zoroastrianism community and unique architecture.

Persian Carpets

Explore the traditional centre of the carpet trade in Hamedan.

Tabriz Churches

Hidden away close to the Turkish border, visit the remote Armenian churches near Tabriz.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Craven

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz. Later, my father’s postings took us to Nepal where we had to transit Delhi and Kathmandu where we were sometimes stranded for days and Hong Kong from where I travelled in 1983 through China for two months.
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Deborah Brock-Doyle

My first journey for Steppes was in 1999 when I set off to explore Thailand to gather those little details that constitute Steppes Travel’s trademark knowledge. I have since been lucky enough to travel extensively in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and India. A few special memories include being joined at dinner by an otter in Laos, proudly being shown an illicit picture of the Dalai Lama in Tibet and diving with manta rays on Christmas day in Indonesia. I’m pretty sure I always leave a country wishing I had done more, seen more, learned more ….. but I also always hope to return …
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