Zoroastrian Fire Temple
Seen from the street across a circular pool, against a background of evergreen trees, the temple is constructed on a plinth and is reached by a broad staircase. Inside, a ceremonial fire has been kept alight for over 700 years, and side rooms serve as chapels for ceremonies. The front porch is supported on pillars with beautiful carved capitals. The architectural style of the monument is reminiscent of that of a Persian fire temple in India.
Towers of Silence
The Towers of Silence are Zoroastrian’s cylindrical cemeteries locally called Dakhmeh, sitting atop two low hills on the edge of the desert which surrounds the city of Yazd. Scorching hot by day and freeing cold by night, the desert with its constantly moving sands adds a unique air of mystery to the Towers. Deceased followers of the Zoroastrian faith were taken to the towers and laid on a grid to be eaten by birds and insects. After a few days the remaining bare bones would be placed into Ostudan – meaning literally ‘a place for bones’, usually holes made in the rocks of the mountains. Such Ostudan from the Sassanid period are visible in Yazd and Shushtar.
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