SYNOPSIS: I spent most of the day walking through Yazd.  The water museum shed light on the qanats (water channels).  Restored historic houses made me understand the badgirs (wind towers).  How effective ancient technology can be.

Yazd is quite a big town, but for someone like me, most everything of interest is in the old town.  Typical for the skyline of Yazd are the Badgirs or wind towers.  Big and small, old and new, they define the roofs alongside the ever present domes.  Invisible, on the other hand are the qanats, or water channels which crisscross the town way below ground.  All these features represent ancient genius at work and prove that coping with the heat can be done, and the supply of water can be guaranteed, by simple, low-tech means.… VIEW PHOTOS AND READ THE WHOLE STORY