Stunning Windcatchers from a desert in Iran
One the reasons I enjoyed traveling in Iran so much was that many things have stayed untouched for decades. On a visit to Meybod I took a detour to a small abandoned town in the desert. Here, among many other things, I discovered these windcatchers that were used as cooling towers in this abandoned town.
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The story behind this photograph
I was finally enjoying my travels in Iran after a rough start. I’d met up with several independent overland travelers. Some were making the most of their last days in Iran after being refused entry into Pakistan. Some more had just made it through on motorbike.
We’d headed out by motorbike and car into the desert to visit Meybod on a day trip when we came across a distant village in the desert. It was completely abandoned. Yet, like many ghost towns, still looked lived in.
Aside from climbing around ruined buildings, the biggest attraction of this city that once was, were these sets of architecturally unique windcatchers. As you can see between them is a dome. Entering into a dome is not as easy as it looks!
These particular domes were used as storage areas for grain and other food stuffs, and were built deeply into the ground. There purpose was to keep a steady temperature.
Windcatchers are evident all over eastern Iran, but it’s something else to see them up close like this, in such a remote setting.
Quite what happened to the rest of the town I don’t know. The majority of the other buildings were quite dilapidated in comparison. Yet these windcatchers remained strong and steadfast. A testament to their architects, builders and unique design.
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