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Old Path Connecting Yazd to Isfahan Identified

Archeologists succeeded in identifying the ancient path of Yazd to Isfahan which had four historical road service centers on its way.


Tehran, 22 June 2006 (CHN Foreign Desk) -- Archeological excavations led to discovery of four historical road service centers on the route connecting Yazd to Isfahan and Fars. From the remains of Sassanid architectural style found in one of these road service centers, archeologists concluded that these discovered places must have provided services to the passengers on these paths during the ancient times.

"The remains of Sassanid architectural style can be seen in one of these road service centers. Therefore, we believe that most probably they were used on the roads which connected Yazd to Isfahan and Fars provinces," said Nasser Babayi, expert of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Yazd province.

Road service centers provided some services to the passengers such as changing their horses, giving information to the passengers, and providing them water and other travel necessities during the ancient times. The also played the role of today's police stations on the roads to provide road securities.

According to Babayi, the remains of clays belonging to the Islamic period which came after the Sassanid era (226-651 AD) have been discovered in the three other road service centers, and further studies on this historical site may reveal more historical evidence.

Babayi strongly believes that the discovered path between Isfahan and Yazd belongs to the Sassanid era. "While very little have been mentioned about this path in historical documents, Maxim Siro, the French explorer, has mentioned this road in his recordings. In his book, Siro has very accurately traced this road from Isfahan all the way to Nadooshan, a city in Yazd province. However, the remaining of the road as he has identified in his book is not correct," explained Babayi.

Archeological studies show that this historical road was extended between the city of Abadeh in Fars province from one side and Gavkhooni Swamp in Isfahan from the other side.

According to Babayi, the new road which is under construction by Iran's Ministry of Road and Transportation between Isfahan and Yazd is somehow parallel with the old path. The new road will reduce the distance between these two cities to 7 kilometers.

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