Zoroastrian Towers of Silence

Also known as: Zِoroastrian Dakhma in Yazd

On the Edge of City

Just a few kilometers out of desert city of Yazd, lies a circular-like burial pit atop a hill, where Zoroastrians used to leave the dead bodies of their families as part of a religious tradition.

The dead bodies were not buried but left on the stone “towers of silence” so that vultures and other scavenging birds could pick the bones clean, “to maintain purity of the earth” in accordance with an ancient Zoroastrian tradition. The tradition is no longer practiced, leaving the place haunted!


Peaceful Atmosphere

The stunning ancient site is replete with silence, where only history speaks for itself. Climb up the hill and you will reach the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence (Dakhmeh-ye Zartoshtiyun). The whooshing of wind is sometimes the only sound that can be heard all around the lonely barren hilltops. Open to blue sky and hidden within the hill, the towers of silence offer an ideal place for meditation! With the city lying below your feet from atop the hill, you will definitely enjoy the dramatic landscape.


The Morning Breeze

The best time to visit the site is early morning, when the weather is more pleasant to the skin. Trust me; the morning breeze is most welcomed when in the dry and rugged desert area.

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