Fahraj… a village in the desert …one of the best of Yazd attraction
On the edge of the Dasht-e Lut, this agricultural village 35km southeast of Yazd;FAHRAJ, subdistrict (dehestān) and town in the Persian province of Yazd.
The town , 1270 m above sea level, is located 30 km southeast of Yazd on the main road to Bāfq and on the foothill of Čalta mountain offers a few sights of interest, including a well-restored historic centre and what may well be the oldest purpose-built mosque in Iran.
The local people are Persian-speaking and Shiʿite. Fahraj is situated in an arid environment on the desert fringe, and its irrigation is from qanāts and deep wells. In Fahraj there is little to do beyond enjoying the slow passage of time, in a village situated in a vast desert plain.
The economy is basically agricultural with some carpet weaving. The main agricultural produce is wheat and fruits such as pomegranates, grapes, apples and apricots.
The tenth century geographers called it Bahra and ranked it together with Meybod and Nāʾin as major settlements of Yazd, in the kura (province) of Eṣṭaḵr, each having a congressional mosque.
In the oldest part of the village, among narrow streets and adobe houses we find the Majehd-e Jameh Mosque considered the oldest mosque in Iran, dating from the beginning of the Islamic presence in Persia.
In the early Islamic years the inhabitants of Fahraj were Zoroastrian . During the caliphate of ʿOmar part of the Moslem army who were chasing Yazdegerd III arrived at Fahraj and called the people to convert to the new faith. The inhabitants of Fahraj as well as those of Ḵovaydak and Farāftar resisted, they fought back and killed a number of the Prophet’s companions and the following generation (ṣaḥāba and tābeʿin) who came to be known later as šohadā-ye Fahraj. Today the mausoleums of these alleged martyrs are in Ābādi-e Šohadā, 2 km from Fahraj.
Fahraj is a good option to escape from the city itineraries that usually characterizes the tourist tours in Iran, with the advantage of being only 35 kilometers from Yazd, easily accessible by public transport.
There’s nothing specifically to do in town other than wander around the mud-brick lanes, but there is a small traditional lodging here for those with the urge to stay.