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Walking through the narrow and labyrinthine lanes of the old part of this city, takes us into the past...

Yazd 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). Because of generations of adaptations to its desert surroundings, Yazd is an architecturally unique city.

Yazd has some of the finest examples of traditional desert Persian residential architecture and is also one of the largest cities built almost entirely out of adobe. Because of its climate, it has one of the largest networks of Qanats in the world.

It is also known in Iran for the high quality of its handicrafts, especially silk weaving, and its sweet shops.

It was visited by Marco Polo in 1272, who remarked on the city's fine silk-weaving industry.

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