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1,500 Year old fire
The fire in this Zoroastrian Temple in Yazd has been burning for 1,500 Years.
The City of Yazd was founded after Alexander established a garrison there 3,000 Years ago.
Zoroastrians' Fire Temple and Catacomb
The Yazd province is home to the largest population of Zoroastrians in Iran. Zoroast was the ancient prophet of Persians, who had brought a religion, Zoroastrism, based on humanity and goodwill, which is still very alive. Catacomb means Cemetery of Geber in the Persian culture. Two catacombs are located on a high hill, about Safaieh district, in the south end part of Yazd city. The old one is known as Hanjaki Hatria (Indian extraction Zoroastrian), and newer one as Golestan. There is a stony hole between these two where Zoroastrians bury their dead. The diameter of Golestan catacomb is 25m and height of the wall is 6m, from the hill level. The diameter of Hanjaki catacomb is 15m.
These constructions are very important to the Zoroastrians, and normally include a building and beautiful gardens. They house the Holy Fire, which is cherished by Zoroastrians, and have been alight for over 1500 years. The Fire is kept in a case higher than the ground, far from sunshine. There are rooms for rituals around the monuments.