Mink Machine

Getting lost in Yazd

So here I am in Yazd, an ancient desert city in Iran. I arrived a few days ago coming by bus from Esfahan, a magnificent modern city. The contrast is enormous, since the old town of Yazd mostly consists of sun dried mud bricks. But I must confess that the ice cream I found today was the best so far in Iran, while Esfahan had the best coffee.

It’s really an ancient town. The area is believed to have been inhabited for 7000 years! Yazd is located in the middle of the desert, so the minarets are quite tall since they functioned as landmarks for the ancient camel caravans. I went up on the roof of a mosque and admired the roof tops. The roofscape of Yazd, in lack of a better name, is covered by badgirs. These are ingenious constructions acting as medieval air conditioning systems.

Badgirs in Yazd Badgirs in Yazd.

But the best thing about Yazd is the labyrinth alleys of the old town. I love getting lost in them, navigating on random while surrounded by staring old men, pointing their crooked fingers at the Godzilla Viking in surprise. It feels like I’m walking around in Mos Eisley.

Alley in Yazd Roaming Mos Eisley.

Since it is located on the old Silk Road, Marco Polo passed through the town in the 13th century and described it as “very fine and splendid”, and I must agree with the old man.

2 comments

  • avatar
    sofia Pettersson
    26 Apr, 2010

    words words
    show. me. the. photos.

  • avatar
    28 Apr, 2010

    Patience, young Padawan. Photos will soon arrive to these shores. :)

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Featured stories

Road trip across the American Southwest

Road trip across the American Southwest

"We drove along Route 6, Route 66 and Route 666. If there was a Route 6666, we must have missed that turn."
Visions of Singapore

Visions of Singapore

"By extensive use of landfill with sand bought from Indonesia and Cambodia, the bay area has expanded greatly in the last few years and tall buildings pop up everywhere."
Roaming in Valletta

Roaming in Valletta

"I passed the statue of Jean de Valette, the 49th Grand Master who laid the foundation stone to Valletta in 1566, to gaze at the golden interior of St. John’s Co-Cathedral, where he is buried in the crypt."
Roaming the cobblestones of Istanbul

Roaming the cobblestones of Istanbul

"Inside the church there are still traces of rune inscriptions made during the Viking age by Varangians, an elite guard made up of Scandinavian immigrant warriors."
Having champagne in Champagne

Having champagne in Champagne

"We roamed the damp and chilly tunnels and stumbled upon a large barrel delivered by Napoleon himself."
Historic locations in Gothenburg

Historic locations in Gothenburg

"Hundreds of houses were quickly build, but unfortunately all of it was burned to the ground in 1611 by Danish forces."

Instagram

Seville
Venice
Fever Ray
Rome
Basel
Kuala Lumpur