Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism are the four official religions in Iran. Islam is the religion of the 99 % of the population. Religious minorities constitute only one per cent of the population. Yet, they are free to practice their religion and enter the Iranian parliament. Tehran, Isfahan, and Yazd claim the biggest share of the religious minorities. Religious buildings are among the most popular tourist spots in the country. Zoroastrian Fire Temple in Yazd is one such structure dedicated to the followers of Zoroaster. Fire is sacred and the origin of all life according to the teachings of Avesta (their holy book). The elevated status of fire among the pillars of the faith has led to a more complex conception of the source of light and warmth. The hierarchy of sacred fires includes three separate classes: 1. Atash Behram (Fire of Victory) 2. Atash Adaran (Fire of Fires) 3. Atash Dadgah (of the lowest grade). Each class of fire requires a special sacrament which involves: a. different numbers of priests b. various scriptures such as Gathas, Yasna and Vendidad, and c. different groups of attendants. Atash Behram is also the name of a fire temple that consecrates Atash Behram. There are nine Atesh Behrams in the world. Eight of these are in India and one is in Yazd, Iran. Zoroastrian fire temple in Yazd or Yazd’s Atesh Behram is a huge monument where an Atesh Behram dating back to 470 AD. is preserved. A wealthy Iranian who was a devotee of the faith ordered the construction of the fire temple in 1934. Since then, Yazd’s Atesh Behram has become an important place of worship for Zoroastrians. Yazd boasts the largest population of Zoroastrians in Iran. Followers of the faith revere the fire temple or what they call Atashkadeh (place of fire) in Yazd. All in all, Among Yazd’s tourist attractions Atesh Behram fire temple in is one of the most important one.
Yazd has always secured its place in the top-five of the major
in Iran. The great number and diversity of Yazd’s tourist attractions persuaded
the UNESCO members to enlist it in the World Heritage List in 2017. The great
prosperity of Yazd in the tourism industry isn’t only the result of its
remarkable array of attractions. Visitors to Yazd speak very highly of the
quality of accommodation and mention it as one of the most memorable parts of
their journey. One can group Yazd’s hotels into three categories:
1. Yazd’s luxurious traditional hotels
2. Four-star modern hotels
3. Three and two-star economy hotels
Parsian Safaiyeh Hotel, Dad Hotel, Fahadan Hotel and Moshir-ol-mamalek Hotel are
among the most recommended traditional hotels in Yazd. They are representative
of the finest Iranian architecture of the past two centuries. These peaceful
historic buildings contain all the elements that make an Iranian mansion the
As for the modern hotels, you may want to stay in Arg-e Jadid or Zanbagh Hotel.
The third group provides you with a host of exciting choices. Some of the
best-known names include Moshir Caravanserai, Laleh, Khan Dohad, Parsian, Mehr,
Lab-e Khandagh and Vali hotels. The list of
and guesthouses is even longer. Kalout, Oasis, Badgir, and Backpack Hostel are
among the most sought-after hostels in Yazd.
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