The Spectacular Alluring Amir Chaqmaq Complex
Passing by the three bronze old men by the fountain, through Amir Chaqmaq Square, visitors to the Amir Chaqmaq Complex can’t help but get gently drawn-in towards the fantastic array of sunken arched alcoves. The near 600 year-old complex, built circa 15th century by Jalal-al-Din Amir Chaqmaq, is a true gem of the Timurid era. Aside from the beautiful tekyeh’s three-storey façade of arches, travellers will find a 600 year-old bathhouse, caravanserai (roadside inn) and bazaar. ‘Tekyeh’ refers to a place, or in this case structure, built in commemoration of Imam Hussein ibn Ali. Come along with goingIRAN to learn and discover more about this attraction!
The most eye-catching time to visit this Persian complex is from when the sun is about to set ‘til dusk. As the sun goes down, the shops and the elaborate symmetrical arches are all lit up, revealing a different beauty. While strolling around in the complex, keep an eye out for the intricate ceremonious wooden palm, nakhl. The nakhl is used in traditional Islamic mourning and commemoration ceremonies of Tasua and Ashura. It’s not all about mourning, however. Definitely don’t forget to try some pastries from the famous Haj Khalifeh Rahbar confectionary! After seriously satisfying your sweet tooth, head into the traditional bazaar; its entrance being in the very middle of the two sky-scraping minarets. The antiquated bazaar is absolutely filled with interesting traditional shops and items. A definite go-to if you’re looking to buy some great souvenirs.
Historically, Amir Chaqmaq was built mid-15th century, however faced major deterioration in its oncoming years. During the 18th and 19th centuries, major parts of the complex were rebuilt and renovated to keep them from collapsing. Of the most recent renovations are the arcades seen on both sides of tekyeh and the removal of the caravanserai.
Street Address: Amir chaqmaq Sq., Imam Khomeini St.
Operating Days: Every days
Operating Hours: Full-time
Typical Price: Free
Neighborhood: Museum Water – Haj Khalife Rahbar Pastry – Yazd Historical Area – Abanbar bozorg – Yazd Traditional Hotel – Jame Mosque of Yazd