YazdIslamic Republic of Iran
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Yazd is the capital of Yazd Province, located in the center of Iran. The city has a history of over 3,000 years, dating back to the time of the Median Empire, when it was known as Ysatis (or Issatis). The city was definitely a Zoroastrian center during Sassanid times. Presently the dominant religion is Islam, but Zoroastrians are still living there. Yazd is of foremost importance as a center of Persian architecture. Because of its desert climate, it has one of the largest networks of Qanats (Persian invented water tunnels) in the world. The city was visited by Marco Polo in 1272, who remarked on the city's fine silk-weaving industry.