Yazd | Iran in the List of 5 NEW UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES

Yazd | Iran in the List of 5 NEW UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES

Where is Yazd ? The Acropolis in Athens. The Great Wall in China. The Galápagos Islands in South America. What do all these destinations have in common? Well, aside from being truly iconic, they’re all UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

These landmarks are all officially recognized by the United Nations, and for good reason: they’re of special cultural or physical significance. And, as you can imagine, the UNESCO list they feature on basically equates to a ton of bucket list destinations.

Luckily, there’s no need for that bucket list to get stale with the same old sights. UNESCO is always updating its list of ‘New Inscribed Properties’, and just days ago it published its official list for 2017, adding over 20 heritage treasures to it. We’re a fan of all the entries (of course) but thought we’d highlight five that are particularly worth a visit. Enjoy!

Yazd | Iran
Yazd | Iran
Yazd, Iran

Yazd is a desert city, an Iranian gem, and so much more. Situated in central Iran, it’s a maze of traditional houses, mosques and teahouses, and is home to an enchanting culture and a colorful history. Originally settled 5000 years ago, its location is as compelling as its past. Surrounded by mountains but composed mostly of mud-brick houses, it’s simply a fascinating place to visit, not least because it’s the heart of the Zoroastrian religion.

Two of our favorite places to explore in Yazd are the Water Museum (showing how ancient underground water channels carry water from the mountains to city) and the Jameh Mosque (a work of art thanks to its gorgeous exterior and fine mosaics).

Yazd is also an unmissable new UNESCO site because of its fantastic location. Several hours drive from the renowned city of Isfahan, which has Persian architecture and historic bazaars aplenty, it’s certainly well-located. It’s also close to the Spice and Silk Roads, and is near to the town of Kharanak too. You can take an excursion to Kharanak to see the abandoned structures of this hillside settlement, as well as the plentiful hammams (bathhouses). Or you can just chill out in alluring Yazd and the hotel our trips offer – a traditional 19th century mansion that sums up the city’s charm.

Written by Bex Shapiro on intrepidtravel

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I think losing your travel documents, money, and your phone in a foreign country is on the top place in the list of top things you must be scared of when you go abroad. You can google the list of the cities famous for their pickpockets and purse-snatchers. Now, if you’re coming to Iran, hearing the financial news in Iran might worry you a little; and in fact, the tourist centres and crowded areas are no exception in this case. But statistics show that Iran is almost a lot better and safer than other countries in this case. But, only in case you want to travel with peace of mind, keep these points in mind: • You don’t have carry your passport with you to everywhere you go; only a copy of that would suffice. No one usually asks for it. • You will need cash, but you shouldn’t carry all the cash you have with you. • I suggest you to put your eggs in different baskets, I mean split your money and put it in different places so in case you get robbed, you will have some money left. • It’t better to use bags and handbags instead of backpack in crowded places like bazaars; so you can always watch the zippers. • And always keep an eye on your phone!