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incredible piece of engineering - worth a stop to see how they made ice centuries ago.

This town is a few hours from Shiraz and is worth a stop to see the ice storage house of Abarkuh... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
aumkathleen
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San Francisco
So strange ! Huge desert refrigerator !

So strange ! Huge desert refrigerator ! This is truly local inventions. Would love to see it full... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2018
Ponuponas
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Vilnius, Lithuania
via mobile
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This Yakhchal has conical shape, which is made of clay. and its height is 20 meters. The downward diameter is almost 10 meters, there is also a hole drilled in its floor to the depth of 2 to 3 m. About 100 years ago, when climate change was not drastic and the heavy snowfall was common, people gathered and stored the snow in these Yakhchals to use it in summer and spring.
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Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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Sourmagh Road, Abarkuh, Iran
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This town is a few hours from Shiraz and is worth a stop to see the ice storage house of Abarkuh and the 4500 old cypress tree in town. Enjoy a cup of coffee also at the charming Cofee Art Cafe, not far from the...More

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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

So strange ! Huge desert refrigerator ! This is truly local inventions. Would love to see it full of ice

Thank Ponuponas
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

its on the way fromm yazd to shiraz along the road we get down and check this old refrigerator. just amazed on how the people in earlier times store ice for summer.

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Reviewed 29 January 2018

As we were driving from Shiraz to Yazd, right at the entrance of the city of Abarkouh, we came up with a dazzling mud-brick cone which attracted our attention. It's a genius system invented to make ice in the middle of the desert, far away...More

Thank Touringpersia
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Reviewed 10 October 2017

This bricked ice storage, which is still in Qajar era, is located in the entrance of the city of Abarkuh. Its dome is 64 meters high and 22 meters high, with a wall thickness of 3 meters and a depth of 4 meters of ice...More

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

amazing. a large structure, interesting shape and you can see inside as well. Cutting and storing ice must have been one hell of an undertaking.

Thank JudyTiger
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

We stopped by here on the way to Chak Chak. This is a natural freezer to contain ice in old days. The shape is impressive but not only that the idea and skill of people those days, too. It is fun and learn much.

Thank MizuhoK
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Reviewed 28 May 2017

The brick ice house is beside the main road through Abarkuh, a small town on highway 78, between Shiraz and Yadz - I think it is about 80 km west of Yadz. It is an excellent example of how the locals were able to survive...More

Thank J0anned568
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Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

at least what i can sa we stop on the way to Zanaidien Caravanserai from Shiraz a really nice stop and it s close to the eldest tree on earth too so....let s stop and understand how they used to keep ice cream fresh!

Thank ksarman
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Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Stopped here briefly today on the way to Yazd. There's not really that much to see and it's probably not worth making a trip just for this. But as a place to break a long journey it's not too bad. Seems to have been recently...More

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