The medieval village of Taft is only a short drive from the center of Yazd and is home to a significant Zoroastrian community.
Wandering the narrow streets is a pleasant way to spend a morning.
Ripe pomegranates emanate from the walled gardens of traditional homes.
Open doorways provide a peek into the still largely agrarian society.
The local women’s bright head scarves were a marked contrast to the predominantly black ones we had seen in the cities.
A mosaic Faravahar above the door marks the entrance to the fire temple. Zoroastrians believe this ancient symbol (sometimes interpreted as a “guardian angel”) is meant to remind one of the purpose of life: good thoughts, good words and good deeds.
I loved the main rooms of the dar-e mehr with the portraits of important families in the local Zoroastrian community.
As is customary, the flame is obscured from non-members but can be glimpsed through a window (and you can catch my reflection, too).
All too soon, we were on the road again, this time headed to Pasargad and the Tomb of Cyrus the Great – coming up next!