Yazd is a desert city located in central Iran and the capital of Yazd Province. It is an ancient city dating back to the Sasanian period (224-651 AD) and is known as the "city of wind catchers" in Persian. In 2017, Yazd was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Yazd is famous for various handmade products such as carpets, silk fabrics and cashmere wool. It is also known for its sweets and confectionery.  Yazd is one of the top tourist attractions in Iran thanks to its unique culture, captivating architecture, and beautiful nature.

Yazd is an important architectural center of Iran, and because of its climate it has one of the largest networks of qanats (underground water supply systems) in the world. Yazdi qanat manufacturers are considered the most skilled in Iran. To cope with the extremely hot summer, many old buildings in Yazd have magnificent wind towers and large underground areas.

Yazd is also one of Iran's industrial centers for textiles, ceramics, building materials as well as unique confectionery and jewelry industries. A significant portion of the population also works in other sectors, including agriculture.

Top places to visit in Yazd include The Old City of Yazd, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Towers of silence, Jameh Mosque of Yazd, Dolat-Abad Garden, Zoroastrian Fire Temple, Water Reservoirs (Ab Anbar) of Six Wind Catchers, Masjed-e Jameh Yazd, Amir Chakhmaq Complex, Chak Chak, Iran's most important Zoroastrian pilgrimage site.

Yazd Traditional Foods, Desserts and Snacks

Yazd is famous for its traditional foods, sweets, and confectionery. Here are some of the must-try traditional foods in Yazd.

Gheymeh Yazdi: a stew made from chickpeas that tastes different from other Iranian stews.

Baklava: A sweet pastry made of layers of filo pastry, stuffed with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey.

Haaji Baadaam: Candy made from almonds, sugar and saffron.

Qottab: Sweet pastry with almond paste, cardamom and cinnamon.

Shooli: A special type of broth that is cooked mostly in Yazd.

Aash: a kind of soup made of Iranian noodles, different vegetables, and sometimes pieces of meat.

Soruk Bread: A type of bread made from wheat flour, milk and sugar.

Fesenjan: A traditional dish made with meat, walnut kernels, pomegranate paste and other ingredients.

Most of these traditional foods are available at local restaurants and candy shops and you can try them when you visit Yazd.

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