Yazd is a small city in the desert between two mountain ranges, and sits at 1200 metres above sea level. My guide book describes is as one of the highlights of a trip to Iran. I disagree; it's been the lowlight so far on this trip.

That's not to say it was a wasted visit; its maze of narrow covered alleys, its water museum and the nearby Zoroastrian tower of silence were interesting. 

This last is a temple on a hill just outside town. It comprises two towers on small hills, surrounded by a series of low adobe houses.

Maybe it's the time of year -- high summer coinciding with Ramadan -- but the whole town was very quiet.

If you happen to be passing, stop for a few hours.  But don't bother making the detour.

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