Yazd and Jász people

One of Iran’s most interesting cities is Yazd, a city of 450,000 inhabitants in the desert. The city has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2017, thanks to its outstanding culture that is a living witness to the use of limited resources for survival in the desert.

Many Hungarians visit Yazd, thanks to the Jász-Hungarian relations, as the name of the town and the name of the “Jasz” people group are not coincidental. The town and its surroundings, the original place of residence of the Jasz, is no accident that Yazd has been a sister city of Jászberény since 2007.

The relationship between Jászberény and Yazd dates back to the end of the last millennium. At the 1995 Jasz Summit, Iran’s ambassador to Budapest recommended cooperation between the two cities with respect to “fraternal relations”. The first delegation of the Hungarian city visited the city in 1996, while Iranian delegations regularly visit the city of Jászberény.

The friendship between the two cities is symbolized by several gifts. On Jazd’s main square, Jászberén’ gift, Lehel’s horn, was exhibited, while the spatial sculpture of Jászberény can be found in the Iranian city. In 2013, the Iranian city donated Jászberény a wind tower, a typical building of Jazd and its surroundings, and the wind tower has been decorating the city of Jászberény ever since.

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