UNESCO experts are to inspect the ancient Iranian city of Yazd to ensure it meets the requirements to be enlisted as a World Heritage Site.
The director of UNESCO in Tehran, Dr. Abdin Saleh will visit Yazd next week with some experts, according to the Head of Yazd Research Center Mohammad-Hossein Khademzadeh.
"Since it is the first time Iran is preparing files and documents for the enlistment of a city, we need the consultation of UNESCO specialists," Khademzadeh said.
The assessment will be carried out in line with Iranian Cultural Heritage Tourism and Handicrafts Organization officials' measures to prepare the central city of Yazd for registration with UNESCO's World Heritage.
Located on a desert plateau, Yazd is the capital of Yazd province, one of the most ancient and historic cities in Iran and a center of Zoroastrian culture.
The city has a 3000 year old history, dating back to the time of the Median Empire, when it was known as Ysatis (or Issatis).
Its distance from Iranian capitals and its harsh dry weather has saved it from invasions and wars, preserving its traditions, lifestyle and architecture.
Yazd has an extremely old achitectural style. The distinctive feature of the architecture is a high structure of houses under which there is a small pool called a wind tower (badgir).
The most famous historical sites of the city are Yazd Friday Mosque dating back to the 12th century and the Zoroastrian Fire-Temple.