We want to introduce you to Yazd meybod attraction in this post.Meybod is a major desert city in Yazd Province, Iran with a population of about 75,000 making it the second major city in Yazd.
It is an ancient city that goes back to pre-Islamic arena and, hence, is the home to many ancient points of interests. The origin of Meybod predates the Sasanian era; however, it was during this period that this city was expanded and its morphological structure or urban form established .
It was the capital of Iran during the Mozaffarid period. Mozaffari kingdom originated from Meybod where the first king was born. One of the oldest castles in Iran is Narin ghaleh in Meybod, which dates back from the Sasanid. Chaparkhaneh and Karvansaraye Abbasi are some other examples of the historical buildings from Safavid era.
It was formed as a rectangle centered around two crossroads (čahārsu or čahār kustag) that led to four city gates. This design has been interpreted by some as based on the belief that the world was divided into four parts and that cities should be built such that their gates would open to the four corners of the world citing Ashraf. . The Sasanian wall simply circumscribed the rural settlement of Meybod, Nārin Qalʿa, and Maḥalla Kučak .The Historical City of Maybod is part of the Tentative List in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
Many of the great poets and clerics and professors have been living in Meybod.the author of “Kashf-ol-Asrar”, Grand Ayatollah Haeri, Hossein Makki and many others lived in Maybod, to name a few.
During the last decade, the city of Meybod has witnessed further growth in its population and urbanization rate. According to the latest census data from 2006, the city of Meybod reached a population of 58,295. Including its other, smaller settlements, the sub-province the had grown to 70,728—a growth of 53 percent over a decade. The cumulative growth across five decades suggests that the city of Meybod has grown 18-fold since 1956, becoming a major node in the urban and economic structure of Yazd Province and an important stakeholder in the future of the region.
Top sights in Meybod
In the centre of Meybod, crumbling Narin castle rises imposingly above the town that has grown up around it.This ancient castle is located near the Alavian Mosque in the Babol Masjed locality. Revealing three layers of construction, the oldest foundations suggest some kind of settlement was built here as early as 4000 BC. The architectural affects of this castle reveal that it was a fire temple in the pre-Islamic period. The same has been constructed of baked bricks, and dates back to the Parthian and Sassanide eras. The height of this castle from streets and alleys is 5 m. whereas, from the depth of the moat.
Legend has it that the castle belonged to King Solomon and was built by jinns (spirits), but whatever the original provenance of the castle’s foundations, most of what can be seen today dates from the Sassanian era.Some people find The Castle as the white fort of Shahnameh.
Though they look like giant clay beehives, these structures in the deserts of Persia were used to make something much more needed and much harder to come by there than honey in ancient times: ice.Different design features kept different yakhchāls cool, from spiral structures to wind towers and vents. Some yakhchāls had holes near the bottom, to keep cool air flowing into the vast underground portion of the structure where the ice was made and kept, and holes near the top through which hot air would be funneled out.
Recently restored, this magnificent 400-year-old structure dominates the north-facing part of the street, opposite the former post-house and caravanserai. The enormous, meticulously built mud and brick structure consists of two shallow icing ponds where water freezes in winter, tall 2m-thick walls that prevent the sun reaching the icing ponds, a pit for the storage of the ice from the ponds and a dome to shelter the ice from summer heat.