Ardakan City (Little Greece)
To introduce tourist attractions of Ardakan let’s start with the “Ardakan” meaning itself. Ardakan is the second major city of Yazd Province, The word Ardakan in Persian means “holy place” or “clean place” .
The city has a lot of historical attractions such as the Grand Mosque of Ardakan (Masjed-e Jame’), Charsoogh bazaar, Howz Abbas (Abbas Pool) Pilgrimage Site and Zirdeh Mosque as well as a number of Qajar (1785-1925), mansions such as the Afzali House, Khatami House and Taqdiri House. Read more
Chak Chak (Pir-e Sabz) in Ardakan City, Yazd Province
In Zoroastrian belief, Chak Chak is where Nikbanou, second daughter of the last pre-Islamic Persian ruler, Yazdegerd III of the Sassanid Empire, was cornered by the invading Arab army in 640 CE. Fearing capture Nikbanou prayed to Ahura Mazda to protect her from her enemies. In response to Nikbanou’s pleadings, the mountain miraculously opened up and sheltered her from the invaders. Read more
Kharanaq (The 4,000-Year-Old Abandoned Mud-Brick Town) in Ardakan City, Yazd Province
Sitting in a remote valley about 73km (45 miles) East of Ardakan in Central Iran, is the deserted and crumbling mud-brick village of Kharanaq. The site has been occupied for approximately 4,000 years, while the dilapidated adobe buildings that draw foreigners from around the world date back around 1,000 years. The abandoned town is a photographer’s dream with a labyrinth of streets, tunnels, passageways, and rooms, as well as more impressive buildings such as a tiny mosque, a shaking minaret, and an old caravanserai that welcomed merchants and pilgrims centuries ago. Read more
Dolls farm in Ardakan City, Yazd Province
The Dolls farm is one the mist inspiring tourism attractions around Ardakan .
It is located in 20km north of Ardakan. Khadijeh, the only woman who has been living in this remote village for several years, decided to change her life. To forget the loneliness she started to make dolls by recycled material.
You should know that each doll in this farm has a very specific story… .
Tower of Silence
Towers of silence were where Zoroastrians buried their dead, these towers featured round tall walls with a shallow pit in the center. Inside the towers there are large stones which are where the dead would be put so that buzzards would eat them, then the remains were thrown in the pit and acid was poured on them. Read more
Shegeft Yazdan cave in Ardakan City, Yazd Province
The Shegeft Yazdan cave is located near the village of Hafthar on the high mountain called Shegeft, 70 km from Ardakan, Yazd province.
The cave consists of 3 ponds, and the water that washed out from the ceiling accumulate in these ponds. Due to impassable road of The Shegeft Yazdan cave, at the earliest time of the entrance of the Muslims to Iran, Zoroastrians transferred their sacred fire to the cave in order to preserve it and kept it there for 30 years. This ancient cave is located near the Aqda and is one of the holy Zoroastrian caves. Each year, a number of Zoroastrians from India also come to this place and spend a night there. Read more
Qanāt in Ardakan City, Yazd Province
A qanāt is a gently sloping underground channel to transport water from an aquifer or water well to surface for irrigation and drinking. This is an old system of water supply from a deep well with a series of vertical access shafts. The qanats still create a reliable supply of water for human settlements and irrigation in hot, arid, and semi-arid climates. The qanat technology was developed in ancient Iran by the Persian people sometime in the early 1st millennium BC, and spread from there slowly westward and eastward. Read more
Yazd is the capital of Yazd Province, Iran. The city is located 270 km (170 mi) southeast of Esfahan.
Because of generations of adaptations to its desert surroundings, Yazd has a unique Persian architecture. It is nicknamed the “City of Windcatchers” from its many examples. It is also very well known for its Zoroastrian fire temples, ab anbars (cisterns), qanats (underground channels), yakhchals (coolers), Persian handicrafts, handwoven cloth (Persian termeh), silk weaving, Persian Cotton Candy, and its time-honored confectioneries. Read more about Yazd attractions