City of Yazd
Yazd is a city in modern Iran that dates back to the period of the Sassanian Empire (around the 3rd century CE). Although most of Iran practice the beliefs of Islam, this city host the most number of Zoroastrians in the country. In Yazd, there is a popular tourist attraction known as the Ateshkadeh. It is a Zoroastrian fire temple, and in there lies a sacred fire believed to be burning since approximately 2000 years ago. Visitors are allowed to marvel at the site of the burning flames behind a glass window.
The city of Abarkuh is located in the west of Yazd. Here, there lives a 4,500 years old cypress tree. There are claims that this tree was planted by Zoroaster. An important symbol for Zoroastrians, this tree is very sacred and symbolizes the youth and eternal life they are promised for their good deeds on this earth. There are also claims that this tree was planted by Zoroaster. This city was also a stop in the Silk Road for travelers to rest.
Like many religions, pilgrimage also serves an important purpose for Zoroastrianism. Several reasons for visiting might include worship, praises, remembrance of Ahura Mazda or the deceased, or celebration of a festival. Click on the images below to determine the purpose each site serves.