Yazd - world’s first mud brick city remains silent

Yazd - world’s first mud brick city remains silent
ID : N-971 Date : 2018/01/03 - 15:27

(Persia Digest) – Today, more than 40 years have passed from the international congresses of architecture and raw clay hosted by the Province of Yazd. But why Yazd, which is the first mud brick city of the world has not been recognized as the center of the world’s adobe architecture?

Yazd is the first city in the world made from mud brick, the second historical town after Venice in Italy; the oldest structure constructed from mud brick here is the Tarin Ghal`eh (Tarin Fort) or Kohandej (old fort) in the ancient city of Meybod in Yazd Province. It is situated on top of a high hill and has a commanding view over all of the city of Meybod and its surroundings. So far, no country has claimed a structure older than Kohandej.

In an interview with ISNA News Agency, Mojtaba Farahmand, Director of the Unesco World Heritage office based in the historical city of Yazd, by referring to the scientific, human, and bio-environmental capacities of Yazd Province said: “Recognizing Yazd as the oldest adobe mud brick architecture in the world is one of the executive priorities in the strategic management center of the historical city of Yazd. Yazd Province, due to having scientific and bio-environmental capacities, can be introduced as the center of adobe architecture in the world.”

By stating that in 1972 and 1975, the first and second international congress of mud brick architecture was hosted by Yazd Province, added: “At the meeting of Yazd Historical City Strategic Management Center, it was decided that, to re-designate the city of Yazd as the world’s center of adobe architecture, an international adobe architectural workshop will be held here and, in the second stage, by organizing international conferences hosted by the province of Yazd, this idea will eventually be realized.”

He added: “It has been decided that, by launching a permanent secretariat in Yazd Province, challenges facing the historical cities of the world will be investigated and statements, charters, and specialist scientific documents will be published to resolve these.”


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