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Photos: An Old Tree in Yazd

07/12/11 Photos by Ali Golshan, Mehr News Agency

Yazd is the land of old trees. As the most magnificent symbols of the past thousands of years, it is important that these trees be preserved. These photos show one of the oldest trees in Yazd which has been neglected and needs urgent attention and protection.

Yazd is the capital of Yazd Province in Iran, and a centre of Zoroastrian culture. The city is located some 175 miles southeast of Isfahan and has a population of over a half million. Because of generations of adaptations to its desert surroundings, Yazd is an architecturally unique city.


The city has a history of over 3,000 years, dating back to the time of the Median empire, when it was known as Ysatis (or Issatis). The present city name has however been derived from Yazdegerd I, a Sassanid ruler. The city was definitely a Zoroastrian centre during Sassanid times. After the Arab Islamic conquest of Persia, many Zoroastrians fled to Yazd from neighbouring provinces. The city remained Zoroastrian even after the conquest by paying a levy, and only gradually did Islam come to be the dominant religion in the city.


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