Atashkadeh, Yazd

Atashkadeh, yazd
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Atashkadeh

The most important Zoroastrian fire temple, Atashkadeh (located on a hill in a small garden on the east side of Ayatollah Kashani Street) is open to the public from 08:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 02:30 to 04:30 p.m. SaturDay to ThursDay, except holiday. There is no entrance fee, but donations are welcomed. It is surrounded by evergreen trees and a large round pool in the courtyard, which gives a clear reflection of the temple for artistic photography.

The sacred flame behind a glass visible from the small museum inside has, according to the Zoroastrian elder in attendance here, been burning since about 470 AD and was transferred from its original site in 1940. This attracts Zoroastrians from around the world, and there will probably be someone who speaks English to explain thing to you. There are also a couple of paintings here, including one of Zoroaster. Architecturally, there are certain similarities between this fire-temple and those of Indian Zoroastrians.

There are plenty of other Zoroastrian sites such as Qaleh-ye Asadan (the Fortress of Lions) in the far northeast of Yazd, and the most important one, Chak Chak (see below), 52 km to the north.

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