Masjed-e Jameh

The mosque’s internal courtyard, vaulted sanctuary and arcades date from the Sassanid period, although its cylindrical clay minaret is more recent – built as a lighthouse for caravans around 400 years ago. In the surrounding area is a ruined castle, a hammam (bathhouse) and an ab anbar (water reservoir) with four badgirs (windtower or ventilation shaft used to catch breezes and funnel them down into a building to cool it).

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8. Clocktower


This structure in the middle of the city is a useful landmark for navigating between Yazd's key sights and bazaars.