Zoroastrianism was the main religion in Persia before Islam conquered the country in around 650 AD. Still there is a population of estimated 30000 people lives in Iran which mostly live in Yazd & Tehran. They have an ancient fire temple in Yazd which will be described below.
Chak Chak temple in Ardakan is located around 60 km to Yazd city. Chak chak fire temple & holy site is one of the most important religious sites of Zoroastrians in iran located near Ardakan city in Yazd province. There is a ceremony on 14 jun for 4 days every year in which the Zoroastrians gather here from all around the world mostly from India . There are some residential villas for the visitors in one of the villas there is a deep well (more than 50 meter ) which they believe that when the Islamic forces invaded Iran , the Sassanid King’s daughter – NikBanou & her allegation ran away to this place & carried the holy flames not to be impure . Chak chak name was given to this place as of the water drops sound from a spring nearby which comes down to the rock. As a metaphorically belief , they say that these ever dripping spring is the tears of mountain to moan for what has happened to Nikbanou .
Yazd city is the capital of Yazd province located in center of Iran. Yazd is one of the oldest cities in the world. Yazd is the first adobe city in the world and the second historic city after Venice . History of Yazd dates to the Sassanid era (224 – 650 AD ) . It is a living museum of Iranian traditional architecture, most famous for its Badgirs – wind towers. Wind catcher or wind tower is a traditional solution in deserted city architecture to even catch the breezes & lead them inside the houses & buildings to ventilate & a useful way of air conditioning.
Yazd is located in the driest area of Iran between Dasht-e-Lut & Dasht-e-Kavir deserts. Apart from its magnificent architecture , Yazd is also well known for its different type of cookies, sweets & pastries . Yazd is the biggest community of Zoroastrians in Iran.
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