The History behind the Name ‘Yazd’

The city of Yazd has been named differently at different times; names like Isatitis, Izad Tis, Shahr-e-Izad, Kase, Yazdan Shahr, Dar Al-Abadeh, Yazdan Gerd and so forth.

The name Kase can be found in books like “Fārsnāma” (the book of Fars) by Ibn al-Balkhi and “The History of Yazd” by Ahmad ibn Hussein ibn Ali Kateb.

Kase means small. The reason for this naming is the small size of the city of Kase, comparing to Isatis that was located near Kase and was bigger than it was. However, there are other opinions that are overlooked for brevity.

A short look at the history of Yazd city

There is no clear information in the historical texts about when exactly the city of Yazd was founded and built. However, in some sources, the foundation of the city of Yazd and the suburbs is attributed to the following:

The foundation of the city of Yazd is attributed to Alexander the Great and Zahak; the city of Meybod to Suleiman the Prophet and the city of Abarkuh to Abraham the Prophet.

Some historians believe that a city has been founded in this area during the Sassanid era, by Yazdgerd.

The city of Yazd, after Venice, is the second-most ancient city in the world and the first historical city of bricks and mud in this land.

If you’d like to know more about  Yazd city, read Iranviva article “A visit to one of the Zoroastrian places in Yazd”and “Yazd city of bricks and windcatchers

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