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March 30, 2013 | By: admin
Badgirs:Wind Catchers

Badgirs or wind-catchers are towers with openings at the top that help in cooling a building through natural and environmentally friendly methods that capture the wind that blows over the buildings.

The skyline of city of Yazd is defined by badgirs rising from the city's buildings. One of the most prominent badgirs in Yazd city is the thirty-three metre high badgir of the former palace of the Karim Khan Zand (c. 1705- 1779 CE). The palace, built in about 1750 CE, and its grounds are now a public park called the Dowlatabad Gardens (see photograph to the right).

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[Karim Khan Zand was a general in the army of Nader Shah Afshar (1688 - 1747 CE, a murderous monarch who butchered many Zoroastrians and prohibited their travel outside the country. It was not uncommon for many Zoroastrian women to be abducted by Muslim men and turned into 'wives' or sex slaves during Nader Shah's reign.) For a brief period between two incompetent monarchies, Karim Khan became the uncrowned ruler of Iran.]

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