One of the daily tours from Yazd is a tour to visit the historical and
natural attractions of Saryazd, Mehriz, and Zein-o-din. In this article, we
introduce the attractions of these cities and let you know which attractions will be covered in half-day Saryazd, Mehriz and Zeinodin tour.
Saryazd historical village
The historical village of Saryazd is the fifth tourist village and an urban
masterpiece of ancient Iran and has been one of the vital and important
villages of Iran in the past centuries.
The life of the people of Saryazd village
Most of the economic activities of the people of Saryazd village is based
on agriculture and horticulture and livestock is often done for domestic and
personal purposes. The rest of the people work in the industrial and service
sectors, and the women of the village also weave kilims and carpets. Adequate
water, qualified soil and favorable weather have created orchards and extensive
agricultural lands in the village of Saryazd. The most important crops and
horticulture are wheat, barley, summer crops, pomegranate, figs, berries, and
How to reach Saryazd village
To reach Saryazd village, you have to drive about 28 km from Yazd city on
the Yazd-Kerman road to the south. Four kilometers after Mehriz city, you will
see the sign of Saryazd villages on the left. One or two kilometers on the side
road, pomegranate orchards are visible as a sign of your arrival.
Tourist attractions in Saryazd village
- Cultural attractions such as Muharram mourning
- Natural attractions such as mountains and springs, as well as numerous
- Architectural and historical attractions
The architecture of Saryazd village
Due to the climate that prevails in this region, The architecture of
is made of clay and mud, and unique wind catchers that have distinguished
Yazd cities from other Iranian cities. Narrow alleys and houses have thick,
Collection of historic houses
More than half of the village's residential units are historical, but about
25 historical houses have architectural and cultural values. In most of the old
and abandoned houses of Saryazd village, there is a sign of life. Most of these
houses have separate courtyards with beautiful and magnificent presentations
and decorations, and wind catchers, pools, and various types of windows
(colored latticed windows) can be seen in most of them.
Saryazd village has been one of the important caravan stations on the route
of Rey (a city near Tehran) to Kerman. Therefore, in this unique complex, there
is a Chaparkhaneh (a Persian term for the postal service used during the
Achaemenid era), water storage, mosque, Hosseiniyah (a place for Shia Muslim
ceremonies), and two caravanserais. Back to a few years ago, there was a
waterfall next to Shah Abbasi Caravanserai, which is now buried underground due
to street construction.
The most famous historical attractions of Saryazd:
One of the largest and most beautiful defensive forts located in the
central desert of Iran and in the village of Saryazd is Saryazd Castle.
According to many experts, the original core of this castle belongs to the
Sassanid era and was renovated on three floors during the Safavid period.
Saryazd Castle was, in fact, the first bank in Iran to be built during the
Sassanid era and was very important because it is located on the Silk Road. A
deep ditch has been dug around the castle, although the reason for this ditch
was to protect the castle, in which they either poured water or lit a fire to
stay safe from the enemies.
The door of the castle goes up and down by a pulley. The only way to enter
this castle is through this door because it has only one door. On the top of
it, there are large holes that you may ask when you visit them, the usage of
these holes was for the situations that a robber or thief was able to enter the
castle and then the boiling water was poured on them from these holes.
Farafar Gate and the statue of Arash Kamangir (Archer)
Near the main road, there is a gate called Farafar Gate in Saryazd, which
was a way to enter and exit the city of Yazd, and many caravans, traders and
travelers used to come and go. In front of this gate, there is a statue of
Arash Kamangir (one of the legends of ancient Persia).
The existence of many travelers and merchants has led to the construction
of many buildings called caravanserais for accommodation and services.
These caravanserais have now become eco-lodges and provide guests with
amenities and tourists. Old Robat, New Robat, and Sanbar Caravanserai are
examples of them.
The Jame mosque of Paye Borj
The Jame Mosque at the tower, which is located on the main street of
Saryazd, belongs to the Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar era and the date 1268 AD is
mentioned as the date of its construction on the head inscription.
This mosque has two sections, winter and summer part, which cover offering
prayers in the cold and hot seasons of the year.
The architectural features of this building include the geometric shapes of
the roof of the altar and the arches of Shah Abbasi around the mosque.
Water tower of Paye Borj
This reservoir is a relic from the Afshar to the Qajar era that has special
patterns and forms.
This reservoir has a dome and two cylindrical wind catchers. This type of
reservoir with the unique features mentioned above was just common in Yazd
province so maybe you visit them during your Yazd tours several times.
Water reservoir with four wind catchers
The Water reservoir with four wind catchers belongs to the Safavid era. To
keep the water and reservoir cool, the roof is covered with a dome and a
semi-dome, and wind catchers are installed in the direction of the wind, which
has a suction mode to direct the cool air into the reservoir.
The Jame Mosque of Saryazd
This building was built before the Safavid era, so its construction date is
approximately before the ninth century. The Jame Mosque of Saryazd is still
used by the villagers for congregational prayers.
One of the features of this mosque is the existence of two entrances in its
northern and southern parts, which are connected by a corridor. The turquoise
roof of the mosque is decorated with beautiful and well-proportioned tiles and
made it more eye-catching.
Hosseiniyah of Paye Nakhl
This Hosseiniyah, with a beautiful wooden Nakhl next to it, is one of the
historical and active husseiniyahs of Saryazd, which dates back to the Safavid
era and was restored once in the Qajar era. Currently, important religious and
cultural ceremonies are held in this Hosseiniyah.
Read more about Nakhl and Muharram ceremony in Iran.
Pakaneh is actually a place with stairs that lead to a series of aqueducts
dug underground. This building was probably built in the Safavid era and has an
Saryazd historical bath is located behind Hosseiniyah, the time of
construction of this building, dates back to the Safavid era as well.
This mud-brick building has a domed roof and the space inside it includes a
stove, rooms, a greenhouse, and parts for washing. This bath was used in two
parts for men and women by the people of Saryazd, of which now only an
abandoned one remains.
Deer Garden Complex
The Deer Garden Complex is the first Iranian deer breeding and maintenance
center where more than 100 species of birds and dozens of wild herbivores are
Animal species of deer garden:
In this beautiful garden, about 100 deer, 37 fawn, 50 rams and ewes, and
120 ornamental birds, including black swan, Casco, Egyptian peacock, dwarf
parrot, Canadian goose, Ukrainian wild goose, flamingo, unicorn, and others.
Animals are raised there. To maintain the safety of the animals, 33 meters long
concrete walls have been used around the zoo to prevent other animals from
entering the garden from outside.
If you travel to Iran with kids, visiting this deer garden would be a good
choice. To cover it in your Saryazd- Mehriz, Zeinoddin tour just contacts us.
It is time to continue our Saryazd tour to visit the unique Zeinodin and
Getting far from Saryazd about 35 minutes and we will reach to
Zeinodin Caravanserai of Yazd is the
only circular caravanserai in Iran that dates back to the Safavid era.
The building of Zeinodin
Caravanserai is remarkable in terms of strength and in terms of
extraordinary design. It is a building made entirely of bricks with walls eight
meters high and has five towers, the distance of the outer part of each tower
from the wall is eighteen steps and the wall between the two towers is
seventeen feet wide. The entrance of the ligament is from the south.
Upon entering Zeinodin Caravanserai, we first reach the porch and then the
twelve-sided courtyards around rooms are visible.
Historical sources indicate that the Achaemenids were the founders of the
construction of this building. In Marco Polo's travelogue, when he traveled on
the Yazd-Kerman route, he talked about Zeinodin Caravanserai.
Zeinodin Caravanserai Hotel, Yazd
Zeinodin caravanserai uses as a traditional hotel where staying is a
pleasant memory for tourists. You can book Zeinodin caravanserai in Yazd via
Iran's travel website.
Mehriz is located between Saryazd and Yazd, we usually visit it at the end
of our Saryazd tour when we come back to Yazd.
Mehriz Pahlavanpour Garden
The most important attraction that we will visit in Mehriz is the
Pahlavanpour Garden of Mehriz is one of the Iranian gardens included in the
list of Iranian historical monuments in UNESCO.
The general plan of Pahlavanpour garden is as follows:
Entrance complex (tower, stables, and barns), the building of pavilion or
pantry, winter house building, Janitor building, Bathroom, Kitchen.
We pass through the entrance of the complex which has a tower, stables, and
barns. Although the decoration of the tower is a sign of the architecture of
the Zandieh era, the main buildings of the garden were all built in the Qajar
We move to the most beautiful building of this complex, which is the
pavilion or pantry in the center of the garden. This pavilion, which is built
on two and a half floors and has an area of 1500 square meters, has a pool
house, a hall, and a place where the water of Hassanabad qanat passes through
the pavilion and enters the garden. One of the most exquisite parts of this
part is the pergola mansion, which is decorated with a crowded design. Next to
this pavilion, there is a kitchen, storage room, and bathroom that have
recently been dug out of the ground.
Standing behind the pavilion, you will see two atmospheric paths right next
to the garden, which are the passage points of Hassanabad qanat, and along with
the atmosphere, lush, stout, and old sycamore trees, have given a beautiful
atmosphere to the whole garden. After that, we go to the winter house building
on the west side, which was added to the garden in the first Pahlavi era. This
one-story building includes living rooms, a closet, and a kitchen. The famous
building of the caretaker, which was the residence and workshop of the garden
crew, is located on the northern front.
The water of qanat, the vital highway of Pahlavanpour Garden
The water of Hassanabad qanat in this large 5-hectare garden, which used to
belong to "Ali Pahlavanpour", a famous Yazdi merchant, is constantly
flowing, and this has been a factor for the beauty, greenery, and prosperity of
Pahlavanpour Mehriz garden. In addition to this water, water from two other
qanats also entered this garden and irrigated its trees.
The hotel of Pahlavanpour garden of Mehriz
The hotel of Pahlavanpour garden of Mehriz has 10 suites, 3 of which have
Naranjestan (privacy). Garden suites with a traditional structure and
up-to-date facilities are ready to accept tourists.
Old Mehriz cypress
Old Mehriz cypress is the second living creature in Yazd province. The old
cypress tree is an ancient tree that is about 2000 years old and is located in
the historical neighborhood of Mangabad and the old cypress park of Mehriz near
The oldest living creature of Yazd is the Abarkuh cypress that you can
visit on the route between Yazd and Shiraz in your Yazd to Shiraz tour.
This magnificent and stable cypress has its own beauty in all seasons. In
recent years, a lush park has been built near cypress Mehriz, a good option for
visitors to rest.
As you see there are lots of attractions in Saryazd Mehriz and Zeinodin
path, not possible to cover all of them in a half-day tour from Yazd so we will
visit the most important ones:
The 2000-year-old Cypress
But our Iran tours are always flexible and changeable by your demand, so if you are
interested to add any attractions, spend a whole day in this path and so on
just contact Iran's Travel.
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