Amir Chakhmaq Complex

As the most prominent historical landmark in the central city of Yazd, the Amir Chakhmaq Complex is located on a square by the same name. The complex is well-known for its three-story structure with an eye-catching façade of symmetrical sunken arched alcoves and two very tall minarets in the center.

In addition, it constitutes a bazaar, a caravanserai, a tekieh (a place for religious rituals), two cisterns, and a Nakhl, a scaffold-shaped wooden object with metal fixtures which is sacred in commemorating Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS).

Built on the order of Amir Jalaleddin Chakhmaq, the then Yazd governor during the Timurid rule (15th-16th century CE) and named after him, the edifice was renovated in the 18th century during the Safavid era and it was undergone big changes during the rule of the first Pahlavi king, Reza Shah in which the northern part of the square, connecting the street to the bazaar, was destroyed and the caravanserai was likely to be torn down to give the square a rectangular shape.

During the day, by going upstairs through the spiral staircase to one of the minarets or the first floor above the ground level, visitors can have a panoramic view of the historical city of Yazd with all its brick wind towers. Furthermore, in the evening, the monument is very photogenic when it is lit up with orange lightning in the arched alcoves, offering a spectacular sight.

Visiting the monument along with shopping malls and confectionary stores selling famous souvenirs and candies of Yazd all around the structure provide memorable moments for domestic and foreign tourists.

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