Given the dry, hot
desert weather of the province, residents designed a long
time ago, easy-to-built, yet quite efficient, cold to
Yakhchal provide them with ice during the hot season.
traditional ice houses, some of which are still in use,
have four compartments:
1) Ice chamber
3) Main wall
4) Pond or pool.
cold season, when there was still sufficient amount of
water available, the water would be led into the
“pool”, where it would freeze overnight. A tall wall
protects the ice from the heat of the sun and as such,
layers of ice would form in cold nights throughout winter.
cut the ice into small pieces and led them through a
special outlet into a cone-shaped ice compartment, which
was dug in the earth. The dome over the ice compartment
protected the ice from direct sunrays in order to have it
available in the hot season.