Amir Chakhmaq Complex
Amir Chakhmaq is one of the most significant historic complexes in Yazd which is located in the middle of the old architectural context and it is one of the prominent strategic areas of Yazd. This valuable complex which is the intersection of the main streets of the city includes Mosque, Tekye (a place to hold the religious mourning), Seti Fatemeh mausoleum, Haji Ghanbar bazaar, Seti Fatemeh Ab-anbar (a type of traditional cistern), Nakhl (a wooden structure carried as a Shia religious ritual) and Ab-anbar Tekye of Amir Chakhmaq.
Amir Chakhmaq complex dates back to 15th century which is built by Amir Jalaluddin Chakhmaq who was one of the commanders of Shahrukh Teimouri (1377-1447) and his wife “Fatemeh Khatun”, When he came to the throne for the prosperity of this city. The founders constructed a square on the north of the mosque, which has remained in Yazd and it is at the center of this historic city now.
The square was known by the same name in the Safavid era (1501-1763). The square (located in front of the mosque) turned into Tekye. This building was not constructed by the order of Amir Chakhmaq, however, it is just attributed to him. The main building of Amir Chakhmaq is one of the Yazd’s famous symbols with a high portal, interesting forecourt, a huge dome and an eye-catching terrace. The building was built with mud brick and has beautifully decorated stucco.
In addition to visiting the spectacular architecture of the square, you can also browse the Amir Chakhmaq Bazaar and take pleasure in watching handicrafts and colorful souvenirs or spend your time by communicating with local people. Moreover, Nakhl-gardani (a Shia religious ritual carried out on Ashura day) is also held in this square in the month of Muharram and attracts many tourists.
You can use your personal vehicle to reach this amazing complex; But if you want to use public transportation, you can get on the buses of the Quran Gate-Railway and get off at Shohada station. Then, with a short walk, you will reach Amir Chakhmaq Square.
You can visit this square at any time of the day or night, especially at night when its special lighting makes a different view. Due to the climate of Yazd, the best time to visit this attraction is during fall and winter.