is called so, because this city was built on the foot of a
nearby mountain and thus called “Barkouh” which means
”on the mountain”.
township, stretching over an area of 6000 sq. km, lies in
Yazd-Shiraz highway to the west of Yazd 140 km from the
city and 300 km from Shiraz.
center of this township is Abarkouh City, which covers an
area of 6 sq. km. There are four rural areas within the
has a several thousand years record of urbanity behind it
and had been one of the major passes on the famous Silk
Road. It was only in the late 15th century, with Iranian
roads becoming insecure and Portuguese discovery of
India’s sea routs that the Silk Road lost its importance
and was forsaken.
is believed that Abarkouh had been, in the early centuries
of the Islam, a seat of learning where Islamic
jurisprudence and principles as well as, Arabic
literature, and astrology were taught.
Shrines of Tavous Alharamain, Pir Hamzeh Sabzpoush,
Ezeddin Nasafi and some other sages and men of God are in
this region. Ezeddin Nasafi was a famous researcher, who
authored a number of books and was contemporaneous with
Sultan Jalaluddin of Kharazm Dynasty.