most important Zoroastrian fire temple, Atashkadeh
(located on a hill in a small garden on the east side
of Ayatollah Kashani St) is open to the public from
08:00 to 11 :00 am and 02:30 to 04:30 PM Saturday to
Thursday, except holidays. There is no entrance fee,
but donations are
" welcomed. It is by evergreen trees and a large round
pool in the
" courtyard which gives a clear reflection of : the
temple for artistic photography.
The sacred flame behind a glass visible , from the
small museum inside has, ;according to the Zoroastrian
elder in attendance here, been burning since about 470
AD and was transferred from its original site in 1940.
This attracts Zoroastrians from around the world, and
there will probably be someone who speaks English to
explain things to you. There are also a couple of
paintings here, including one of Zoroaster.
Architecturally, there are certain similarities
between this fire-temple and those of Indian
There are plenty of other Zoroastrian sites such as
Qal'eh-ye Asadan (the Fortress of Lions) in the
far northeast of Yazd, and the most important one,
Chak Chak (see below). 52 km to the north.