Witness the remains of a Zoroastrian tradition of excarnation at Zorastrian Towers of Silence, which once received dead bodies for purification. Imagine the dead, separated by age and gender, in three concentric circles on the top of a funerary plateau, where they literally turned to ashes after the work of vultures. Economical, well-aired, and egalitarian, this 3,000-year-old climate-appropriate practice was outlawed in 1979. What remains of these intriguing brick structures, called dakhmas or deme, was nicknamed by a British colonial translator who identified a similar practice in Mumbai. Wear hiking boots if you want to climb the hilltop tower and get a guide for details on Zoroastrianism. Zorastrian Towers of Silence is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , international travel planner Edition.
Zorastrian Towers of Silence Reviews
We had planned to visit a dakhma when we toured Uzbekistan, but had to give it a miss, so I was eager to visit these in Yazd. I had not realised that there are buildings having a ritual function... more »
with a guide better to see. I can suggest you a guide. His name is Khodadad. His number: 00989137754108. he is smart and honest guy. more »
“Zoroastrian Towers of Silence” is 15 km from Yazd and built on a low hill in Safaie. they believed that water, soil, wind and fire were sacred, they did not bury their dead. The towers were built far from the city to prevent disease transmission, it includes towers and resting places for mourners. The Zoroastrians put their dead there to be eaten by birds,the remaining bones were stored in the middle well. Access to this place is very easy by car about 15 minutes away from Yazd.
The place is fascinating. But not because of the dead people (there is no cemetery and/or bones), but because of its atmosphere. Lonely hill-towers in the grey desert. Be sure to visit the higher and less preserved tower. It is more authentic and provides for much better views of the Yazd, mountains and ruins.
Plan your trip to Yazd
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Yazd
Hidden gems in Yazd
See all ›
Side trips from Yazd
Nature in Yazd
Nearby attractions in Yazd
Plans to Zorastrian Towers of Silence by other users
10 days in Iran BY A USER FROM TURKEY June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 3 days in Yazd BY A USER FROM IRAN June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 20 days in Iran BY A USER FROM VIETNAM June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, shopping, popular sights Preferences: June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 24 days in Iran BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS July, popular sights Preferences: July Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 7 days in Iran BY A USER FROM TURKEY June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 33 days in Iran BY A USER FROM TURKEY July, popular sights Preferences: July Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium