Towers of Silence

sights / Architecture

Lonely Planet review

Set on two lonely, barren hilltops on the southern outskirts of Yazd are the evocative Zoroastrian Towers of Silence. In accordance with Zoroastrian beliefs about the purity of the earth, dead bodies were not buried but left in these uncovered stone towers so that vultures could pick the bones clean. Such towers have not been used since the '60s.

At the foot of the hills on the southern outskirts of Yazd are several disused Zoroastrian buildings, including a defunct well, a water cistern and two small badgirs (windtowers or wind catchers), a kitchen and a lavatory. The modern Zoroastrian cemetery is nearby.

The easiest way to get here is by chartering a private taxi for about around IR300 return, including waiting time of 45 minutes or so. Ask for Dakhmeh-ye Zartoshtiyun.