Amir Chakhmaq is a square in Yazd that was built during the Timurid dynasty and includes a bazaar, a mosque, Takeyeh (religious center) and two cisterns that are all listed as National Heritage Sites.. Amir Chakhmaq Square is the symbol of Yazd province where people gathered for various ceremonies. Therefore, it is also called the epic square.
Amir Chakhmaq Complex
“Symbol of Yazd”
• Amir Chakhmaq Mosque
Amir Chakhmaq Mosque, also known as New Jame Mosque or Dohouk Mosque, is on the southern side of the square and was built in 841 Lunar. The beauty and grandeur of this mosque is to that extent that it is considered as the second most important mosque of Yazd, after Jameh Mosque. The dome of the mosque is curved and cracked and covered with green tiles, around which there is a Kufic inscription. The ceiling of the mosque is made of arches. It has two entrances, one of which is to adjacent alley and the other is from the Mausoleum of Seti Fatemeh.
- Seti Fatemeh Khatoon Mausoleum
Seti Fatemeh Khatoon was the wife to Jalal-al-Din Amir-Chakhmaq, the governor of Yazd in the Timurid era and the establisher of the square and the mosque in Amir Chakhmaq Complex. Her mausoleum is located in the northern part of the square. Its dome has green tiling and the interior is designed with mosaic and muqarnas.
• Haji Ghanbar Bazaar
After construction of Shah Street During the Pahlavi dystany, Yazd Haji Ghanbar Bazaar was divided into two parts and some of its parts were helplessly destroyed. The name refers to its builder, Nezamoddin Haji Ghanbar Jahanshahi, who was one of the rulers of Yazd. If you go to this historic bazaar you can feel more booms in its northern section. Most of the products sold in this bazaar are fabrics, sweets, gold and carpets. It is also a rich place for offering Yazd crafts.
• Amir Chakhmaq Cisterns
Amir Chakhmaq cistern dates back to the Safavid era and is located next to the Haji Ghanbar bazaar. It has been listed in National Heritage Sites in 1385. The square had three cisterns in total, two of which only remaining today.
• Amir Chakhmaq Tekyeh
Tekyeh is a space full of rooms that are used for religious rituals or watching important events. Amir Chakhmaq Tekyeh is located on east side of the Square and the cistern entrance rests on one of its west rooms.
- Amir Chakhmaq Historical Nakhl
One of the prominent factors that add beauty to Amir Chakhmaq Square is the Historical Nakhl on its eastern part. According to evidence, Amir Chakhmaq Historical Nakhl is almost 450 years old. Nakhl is actually a giant wooden coffin that is carried in Muharram rituals in an event called Nakhl Gardani (Carrying Nakhl). It is a wooden cypress tree-shaped structure that is a symbol of immortality, freedom, and resistance; qualities associated with Imam Hossein, third Shia Imam.