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Travel to Abarkuh

The ancient town of Abarkuh is located in the ancient province of Yazd. On the way between Yazd, Shiraz and Isfahan, you can see the city of Abarkuh that is geographically located between these main cities of Iran. This town is originally a desert town; thus, it has been constructed using elements of architectural designs of desert houses such as vaulted roofs and so on. But, the most noticeable construction element of desert cities in Iran is using sun-dried bricks or mud bricks to make walls and houses. The green parts of cultivated lands in this town are the result of underground aqueducts (in Persian Kariz system) made by people and so the town has enough water to cultivate the lands and gardens. Moreover, the system of making wind towers especially for hot days of the year can be also conspicuously observed in the buildings of this house.  At least a stop through this town is highly recommended to observe how the life is going on there and what monuments are still standing and attracting travelers from inside and outside Iran to the ancient city of Abarkuh, except the famous cypress tree of this city.

Gonbad-e Ali (Dome of Ali)

This memorial and monument is called Dome of Ali and is in fact, the oldest structure of the town which dates back to 11th century. You should drive to outskirts of the city on top of a hill and it is one of the first Tomb towers of the whole country of Iran. The location of this astonishing monument is so that by standing in it one can easily observe the whole city. Its unique architecture and design are among the beauties of this historical monument. This monument has an octagonal shape and has a dome like form above it and you can easily see the Kufic inscriptions on the monument. The materials used in the construction of this place are mountain rocks and sarouj and this monument is still standing upright after the passage of so many years.

Cypress of Abarkuh

The enigmatic city of Abarkuh has at its heart one of the most ancient living creatures on Earth, that is a lofty and old cypress tree. This attraction is the most prominent spectacle worth visiting in this city in Iran. Just conceive that this tree is even older than the Christian Calendar and it existed on the Earth at the time when Jesus Christ had not been born yet. A Russian scientist and professor has estimated its age as 4500 years. This tree seems to be an eternal ever-green tree.

Aghazadeh Boutique Hotel

Constructed during the Qajar Dynasty, this house is built according to the ecological conditions of the town; thus, it has one of the loftiest wind towers of Iran in terms of diameter and it is one of the most beautiful houses in the desert city of Abarkuh. Nowadays, this house has also been restored both for the travelers to visit and to accommodate them to experience one of the most memorable, fascinating and relaxing stays inside Iran.

Koomeh Bibi Seyed Traditional Restaurant

The traditional Komeh Bibi Seyyed restaurant has been created to promote traditional customs and revive historical textiles and old houses to cater for guests and tourists. The traditional Komeh of Bibi Seyed is one of the most spectacular and unique places in Abarkouh. It is located close to Abarkuh Cypress tree. You can take a walk of less than 5 minutes to visit this place, too. Strolling in the narrow and thatched alleys of this area can be an agreeable experience for you.In addition to the taste of indigenous and local cuisine, familiarity with traditional handicrafts and traditional specialties of the region, Abarkuh’s intangible heritage can be experienced at this place.This restaurant provides catering services and traditional dishes. 

Ice House

This refrigerator is made up of large glaciers in desert areas of Iran which have interesting architecture and have been built during the Qajar period. The refrigerator’s mode of work was such that in cold winter nights, outside the refrigerator, they created ponds and released water to freeze it. Then, they slid the ice into the refrigerator in the large hole, and in the whole winter nights repeated this procedure. Of course, some water is thrown inside the fridge and on the ice so that the ice masses can be squeezed together and condensed. The cone-shaped and thickened fridge makes the room cool and freezes the ice and prevents melting of the ice, so this way the ice needed for the heating season is provided. Abarkuh Mudbrick Glacier is located on the edge of the Valiasr Square and can be visited all day and night without any restrictions.