Meybod Tourist Attractions
Top 20 Places to Visit in Meybod Iran
Located in the heart of the desert, Meybod can be found sixty kilometers north of Yazd Province. It is an ancient city long known for its Persian Pottery and Persian Ziloo. Its history can be proved by Narin Castle, a castle that traces back to third millennium B.C. Much of the city is made up of adobe buildings, with a kind of reddish clay. Meybod is one of the earliest settlements in Iran. With its seven-thousand-year history, the city presents a historic and valuable texture. However, the historic buildings and texture of this city attract many tourists to visit this city every year. Some of Meybod Attractions are meybod caravanserai, meybod pigeon tower, narin castle, ice-house, ziloo museum, meybod castles and etc. This ancient city has been a center for Zoroastrians.
Meybod Tourist Attractions Narin Castle
Walking Through History
The Narin Castle (3000 B.C) one of the meybod tourist attractions is a mud-brick castle in the town of Meybod, Iran. The ruins of the structure stand 40 meters high from its base. Four towers surround the entire compound, and a large gate furnishes access to a large courtyard. The structure seems to have been the victim of numerous earthquakes throughout the ages. It's hard to believe that a structure made of brick and mud could stand tough for so many centuries. When you climb up the stairs, you reach a terrace that offers incredible views of Meybod, with the old town in the foreground, full of adobe houses with undulating roofs, windcatchers, domes, minarets and arches. However, locals of the city strongly believe this meybod castle has been built by Solomon but the archaeological studies of this site indicate this castle dates back to Achaemenid.
Meybod Tourist Attractions Ice house
Adobe Ice House
Yakhchāl (ice house) is an ancient type of evaporative cooler. Above ground, the structure had a domed shape, but had a subterranean storage space. It was often used to store ice, but sometimes was used to store food as well. The ice created and stored in Yakhchāl was used throughout the year especially during hot summer days. Meybod Yakhchāl one of the meybod tourist attractions dates back to the Safavid era. It is made of adobe and mud. The main parts of this elegant monument include shadow-caster walls, ice pond, fridge tank and a dome. The dome is made up of clay and its height is about 15 meters. The length of the main shady wall is 42 meters and the lateral walls are 20 meters long. The fence walls of Yakhchāl have a thickness of two meters and a height of eight meters.
Visit Iran | Meybod Pigeon Tower
Pigeon Luxury Apartment
Pigeon Tower of Meybod (Kabutar Khane) is one of the most beautiful pigeon towers in Iran which dates back to the Qajar era. The old tower has a height of 8 meters and it’s equipped with 4000 of nests. Pigeon towers were built to collect pigeon dung and other birds’ droppings for agricultural use and many industrial uses including tanning industry, leather and gunpowder manufacturing. These pigeon towers have been astonishing because of their excellent designs in attracting pigeons and creating a safe habitat for them. Interior architecture of this tower which is a meybod tourist attraction, is exactly a masterpiece. Pigeons lived in 20×20 cm lodgings which were circularly ordered in three rows. There are four turrets and a centric minaret on the roof so that the pigeons could exit the tower. Inside the building is cool and well ventilated. The building is decorated with smooth plaster. this smooth plaster around the wall were to prevent snakes from slithering up into the tower.
Ornate Ceiling of Meybod Caravanserai
Motels of Ancient Times
According to Wikipedia, a caravanserai is simply “a roadside inn where travelers could rest and recover from the day’s journey.” The caravansaries were constructed all over Iran by Shah-Abbas-I and they were located on remote spots on the roads just like motels these days. Meybod Shah Abbasi Caravanserai one of the meybod tourist attractions was built during the Safavid era with a total of 100 rooms. This meybod caravanserai is very important due to its architecture, interior design and geographical location. It is based on a rectangular plan with a yard-centered design and is made of brick with four porch method. Shah-Abbasi Caravanserai includes a water reservoir, a Chaparkhaneh and an Ice-House. The building is made up of covered passageways, exterior porches, vestibule, central yard and one hundred rooms. There is an octagonal pool inside the courtyard.
An octagons pool which the water of the qanat flows in it
The entrance of caravanserai is located in an arched alley. The yard has 24 chambers that today are used as handicraft workshops where you can see the process of making different handicrafts. Some parts of the caravanserai have been turned into a traditional restaurant that provide Iranian traditional foods. The Meybod Ziloo museum is positioned in the eastern part of the Caravanserai.
Meybod Tourist Attractions Chaparkhaneh
An Old Post Office
The Chaparkhaneh of Meybod, one of the meybod tourist attractions, dates back to the Qajar era. It was one of the major post offices during the Qajar era. It is located along the ancient path of Rey-Kerman alongside Caravanserai of Meybod. Royal letters and parcels were sent to other cities from this post office. Since important orders and parcels were temporarily stored there, guarding towers and barracks were later built to protect the Chaparkhaneh. It is made from raw cob bricks and clay.
Replicas of the postmans and the stamps
The building has a central yard, and the stables have been built all around it. It has two roofed spaces that were used as resting areas of the horses, the riders, the guards, and the commanders. In Chaparkhaneh the messengers left their tired horses to rest there and continued their journeys with newly rested horses. This system was developed during the Achaemenid Empire and lived on for centuries until the modern post service entered Iran. Now, this adobe building have turned into museum. The history of post office and telegraph are presented in the museum. There are replicas of the horses, the stamps, old telegraph instruments and telephones in the Post and Communications Museum of Meybod.
Meybod Tourist Attractions Mazray Kalantar
A Zoroastrian Village in Desert
The Kalantar Village is known as the ancient Iran’s miniature. There are many valuable historic buildings in its texture which belongs to the Zoroastrian architect such as old cisterns, water mills, fire temple and remains of a historic castle that represents the age and history of the village. The Kalantar Village is one of the main centers of holding the Zoroastrian ceremonies such as Mehregan, Sadeh, Mehrizad and Panji in which many Zoroastrianism attends to ceremonies annually. It is located in the vicinity of Meybod and is one of the Meybod tourist attractions.
Inhabitants of the village take a small portion of the fire back to their homes to make new glowing fire from the "blessed fire" of the temple
The structure of the houses in this village has been adherent to a particular style: Mud houses with long corridors. The plans of houses are so integrated that they cannot be separated from the roof space. The inside of the homes is modernized while the outside maintains the original architecture. Entering through the 100’year old doors, it is like being teleported into to a different world. Kalantar village comprises a majority Zoroastrian population still in residence, a very small Muslim population still in residence, and significant abandoned structures, formerly occupied by both Zoroastrian and Muslim households. If you enter the village after praying ceremony, you can see men and women leaving the temple fire after praying. The women in colorful headscarves and the men wearing white hats. There are some berries, pistachios and pomegranates trees inside the houses and in the farms of village that catch every visitor’s eyes.
Meybod Tourist Attractions Mehrjard Castle
So old but still Standing
Mehrjard Castle one of the meybod iran sights was built during Zandieh and Afsharieh dynasties (the 17th century). There are five towers built around the castle to watch around. These towers were used for guarding the city and the castle was used as a shelter. Mehrjard Castle- one of the castles in Iran, includes three floors that are connected to each other through stairs. Brick and clay layers are used in this castle which were common in original Iranian architecture. There are also old apparatuses and furniture preserved inside the castle. The entrance of the castle is an ancient wooden door.
Meybod Tourist Attractions Kolar Reservoir
Built in 1691, it is on the opposite side of Meybod Caravanserai and offers an interesting architectural balance to the neighborhood. Meybod Kolar Reservoir one of the meybod tourist attractions dates back to the Safavid era. It includes dome and 4 windcatchers. In desert regions it is necessary water reservoirs to store water from Qanats, seasonal water streams and rainfalls in the cold seasons for consumption during the dry seasons. The dome structure and 4 wind catchers, with the pond being underground, are all ventilation measures to keep the water reserve fresh, cool and free from bacteria and impurities. To keep the water healthy, they usually made windcatchers over the water reservoir to keep the air flow. In Meybod there are more than 50 water reservoir. Some water reservoirs have two stairs, one for the Muslims and the other one for the Zoroastrians.
Meybod Tourist Attractions Xandaq Guest House
Meybod Xandaq Guest house is located in Bideh village of Meybod city. This house which is one of the meybod tourist attractions designed with clay and mud. It has a very beautiful yard, four rooms, fountain, and some traditional wooden beds with a very beautiful view. This residence dates back to the Qajar period and because it is located next to a ditch (ditch = Xandaq in Persian), this name was chosen for it. At the end of the yard, there is a way to go into the ditch, which will give you a wonderful experience. Meybod Xandaq Guest House is a very suitable residence for Meybod tourists.
Meybod Tourist Attractions Barchin Castle
The Barchin Castle, a meybod tourist attraction, is located in the village of Barchin in the east of Meybod. This castle was built by Zoroastrian masters and was used as shelter in insecurity situations. The main materials used in this building are mainly clay and mud. The castle has two floors and four simple towers at the four corners. This castle is one of the surviving building from the Qajar era. According to rumors, the name Barchin is derived from the name of its Zoroastrian founder.
Meybod Tourist Attractions Chak Chak Shrine
Chak Chak or Chaku Chaku is one of the important Zoroastrian shrines. This shrine that is also called “Pir-e Sabz” by Zoroastrians is located between Ardakan and Anjireh Mountains in Ardakan in Yazd Province. “Pir” in Persian refers to a site of pilgrimage. It is esteemed by Zoroastrians of Iran and the world. There is an annual gathering and celebration in the 14th-18th June, when over 1500 Zoroastrians from Iran, India and other countries go to the fire temple at Pir-e Sabz to worship and pray. Iranian Mehregan and Iranian Sadeh Festivals are held in this shrine every year and many Zoroastrians gather in that place. Chak Chak for Zoroastrians is like Mecca for Muslims.
Fire Temple of Chak Chack
It is said that the word “Chak Chak” is derived from the sound of the dropping water (trickle) that fall down from its roof with this sound “chack chack”. The Zoroastrians consider dropping water as sacred and collect them as blessings. The fire temple is a hollow cavity in the heart of the mountain that has made it look like a room. It has marble columns, stone walls, windows and two metal doors and the paintings of Zoroastrian guards with spears in their hands is on the doors just like the ones that can be seen in Persepolis. There is a well with the depth of more than 50 meters in one of the rooms.
Worship in Chak Chak Shrine
According to Zoroastrians, when Muslims attacked Iran at the time of Sassanid King, Yazdgerd, Nik Banu, the daughter of the king ran away from the Muslims and escaped towards Ardakan and hid and disappeared among the mountains. So the place became the shrine for Zoroastrians. One of the servants of Nik Banu named Gohar Banu is also buried a few kilometers far, which is known as Pir Herisht. There is an ancient old tree here as well which is considered sacred by Zoroastrians. This tree has been grown right in the middle of a rock. Its emergence from a place where only there are stones and rocks is a natural wonder. For this reason, many legend and stories have been formed around the tree as well as the mountain. The route to the fire temple is very long and you have to climb more than 200 stairs.
Meybod Tourist Attractions Jameh Mosque
Collection of Several Mosques
Jameh Mosque of Meybod, a meybod tourist attraction, dates back to the second century AH and different parts of the mosque such as the hothouse, dome, summer and winter naves, porch, and other mosques have been built in different historical periods. This mosque is a collection of several mosques and includes an interesting porch and a central courtyard. The area of this historical mosque is about 3 thousand square meters. In general, the old building of the Mosque is built of clay and mud.
Meybod Tourist Attractions Ziloo Museum
Ziloo Museum and Workshop
Iranian Ziloo (Zilu- Zilow- Zillow- Zilou- Zilo), a special cotton carpets is one of the oldest Iranian handicrafts that has been used as a mat in houses, mosques, schools and shrines. These carpets are guaranteed to last a really long time and make you healthier. The Meybod Ziloo Museum which is one of the meybod tourist attractions, is located at the Meybod Caravanserai. It was established at 2002 to restore the historical pile-less carpets. In this museum, there are some active looms for weaving, some workshops in which some old people are weaving the Ziloo and explaining the procedure at the same time. Historical Ziloo-s in this museum have been gathered by the efforts of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Yazd province. There are 55 samples of Ziloo in this museum which are really precious and valuable. The oldest Ziloo belongs to the Meybod Jaame-Mosque and dates back to 808 AH (about 615 years ago). In the workshops you can pick and sort the cotton, and dye the threads for weaving the Ziloo by yourself. Enjoy it!
Meybod Tourist Attractions Pottery Museum
Iranian Pottery is the art of making dishes from clay by hand or wheels. The dishes made in this way are called earthenware. Pottery has a 6,000-year-old history in Iran, which is the oldest handmade artwork. The Pottery Museum of Meybod dates back to Qajar period. More than 100 pottery goods are kept in this museum relating to different eras. The oldest artifact in the museum is an earthenware jug in which belongs to Medes era. Archaeologists have obtained this jug from the ancient sites of Meybod. There is an educational workshop for pottery in this museum. It is one of the meybod tourist attractions that tourists can create pottery by themselves here.
Meybod Tourist Attractions Pottery Bazar
There is a very beautiful center for pottery Market in Meybod. Its name is Pottery bazar (KER khone). In this center you can buy earthenware dishes such as jar, cebu, tapo, pots, bowls, cups, plate, glasses, cupboards and etc. Also there are various beautiful glazed dishes there. Meybod is home to plenty of authentic pottery workshops where you can see old master potters spinning their wheels around and creating masterpieces. The architecture of workshop itself, potteries lined up to be entered into the furnace and the aroma of clay all takes you to an otherworldly atmosphere.
Iranian Lady Sun Motif
Fish, the lady sun (a beautiful woman), decorative foliage, hen, birds and abstract motifs are the most commonly motifs of Meybod pottery designs. These are a reflection of life styles, dreams and desires of their creators.
Meybod Tourist Attractions Meybod Bideh Village
Beautiful Nested Alleys
Bideh village of Meybod is one of the ancient sites of Meybod city. It dates back to 15 thousand years ago. There are some unique historical monuments in this area such as Kandovan village which is located on a hill, Bideh Watermill, Zirok Mosque, Pir-Cheragh Shrine, Sahebolzaman Tower, Seyed-Abolghasem Tomb, Historical House of Bruni, Isfahani Alley, Mokhtari House, some ancient hills, Boomkan river, Sahib-Jan house, underground city and etc. Each of these sites tell us a lot about people's culture and way of life during the past in Bideh.
Bideh Arch Alley
There are also some beautiful arch alleys in Bideh. Some village houses have domed roofs. The main materials used to build houses include clay, mud, brick and iron. The streets of the village are narrow, winding and nested. The architecture of the village, which has very beautiful effects, has been influenced by the desert nature of the region. The view of the sand dunes around the village has given it an amazing view.
Meybod Tourist Attractions Salar House
Meybod Salar House is a historic monument which plan follows pure Iranian architecture. A quadrilateral house which was built around a central courtyard surrounded with gardens and several spaces and rooms. At the south side of this historical house, there's a sore orange tree grown up in a high porch. The west and the east sides of the house are completely symmetric.
Meybod Khadijeh Khatoon Pilgrimage
Khadijeh Khatoon pilgrimage site is situated in Mehrjerd village of Meybod city. It is one of the religious attractions of Meybod city. Imamzadeh dates back to the 6th or 8th centuries of AH and its building is an adobe building with plastered interior layers. Imamzadeh Khadijah Khatoon consists of different parts such as high dome, high porch, numerous porticoes, wide courtyard and chapel. The 10-meter long porch of the shrine is decorated with turquoise mosaic tiles, and a blue inscription with bold lines is installed on top of it.
Meybod Tourist Attractions Traditional Bazaar
Khadijah Khatun local bazaar is held every Thursday in the courtyard of Imamzadeh Khadijah Khatun and the alleys leading to it, and local products, souvenirs and handicrafts are sold there. Also, in this traditional market, you can buy fruits, vegetables and poultry produced from Meybod gardens and farms directly from the producers.
Meybod Tourist Attractions Bideh Watermill
The 900-year-old Bideh watermill is one of the historical monuments of Maybod city and is one of the oldest mills in the region. This mill is one of the historical monuments of the Safavid era, which is located along the silk road and near Imamzade Pircheragh Meybod. The mill space includes a wheat warehouse, a milled flour depot, and a cattle storage area. The working method of the mill is that first the water enters a pond and is cleaned there. After passing through the pool board, the water enters the vertical furnace and enters the wooden curtain with high pressure and rotates it, and the underlying stone always remains fixed. The wheat enters the hole little by little, in the middle of the stone and is placed between the two lower stones and the gravel, and it is crushed and turned into flour, and the water entering the mill comes out from under the hole and goes to the fields. In the dry areas of Iran, the mill is built on the aqueduct and the mill furnace is deep in the ground, the volume of which depends on the amount of water in the aqueduct.
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