Thursday, 23 October 2014

The 8 day cultural trip to Iran - "Iranian Treasures" - (Day 7 late afternoon) - Yazd, Dowlat Abad Garden - The 22nd of September 2014

We spent the last hours in Yazd Dowlat Abad Garden, a significant sample of Persian Gardens in the heart of the desert. It was constructed in 1160 by the great Kahn, Mohammad Taghi Kahn-e Bafghi, who was head of the Yazd kahns under the Zandieh rule. Among he buildings that most impressed us was the tallest bâdgir of the world (33,8 metres), the octogonal wind-catcher.

The bâdgir stood at the end of a long avenue lined with cypresses. As we walked into the two storey pavillion surrounding the "ventilation structure" we were astounded by the beauty of the domed ceiling and the colourful glass windows and doors.

Some of us sat at an open café fairly close to the bâdgir and spent what was left of the evening having an icecream and talking about trivialities, before getting on the bus that would take us to the local airport and hopefully onto Tehran in time to board the flight to Paris in the early morning.


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