A typical scenery in Yazd, a city in central Iran.
Yazd is my favourite town in Iran. It is small, very beautiful and truly atmospheric. Also it’s a centre Zoroastrian culture, the ancient religion of Persians. After the Arab Islamic conquest of Persia, many Zoroastrians fled to Yazd from neighbouring provinces. The city remained Zoroastrian even after the conquest by paying a levy, and only gradually did Islam come to be the dominant religion in the city. Unfortunately, nowadays it’s hard to find a Zoroastrian adherent in Iran due to Islamic government suppression. Small Zoroastrian communities may be found all over the world, with a continuing concentration in Western India, Central Iran, and Southern Pakistan. Though Zoroastrianism is one of the official religions of Iran, you can claim yourself a Zoroastrian only if you were born in a Zoroastrian family. All in all, it’s better to be a Muslim official, for your own safety. However, Iranians have great interest to their ancient religion and they’re extremely proud of it, as well as the history of ancient Persian empire.