Yazd Water Museum
This 124 year old Museum located in city of Yazd (Central Iran) displays the tool, techniques used for the past 4000 years in Iran in creating underground waterways (called Qanats) and connectincting them to the city and field locations for agricultural and other uses. Before the romans built their Aquaducts, Iranians had built an extensive system of underground (aquaduct) Qanats. Alot of these systems are still functioning today, in fact there is large one under this museum.
Yazd water museum was set up in 2000 in the wake of the first international conference on qanat in Yazd. The museum building has once been a merchant’s house built in 1929. Two qanats are running beneath the museum at different levels, which are reachable through a special stairway called Payab. This museum has put on display a variety of water objects from qanat to water ownership documents. Some parts of the house structure represent some parts of water history in the region. For example the stairway to qanat or a reservoir on the roof can show how water technologies and everyday life have been interwoven in the past.
The museum is one of the best tourist destinations in Yazd, which receive hundreds of visitors every day.
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