Mehriz is host to one of the most authentic and eye-catching gardens of Iran. In 2011, Persian Gardens, located in many provinces of Iran and belonging to different time periods (since 6th century BC) were inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage list. These gardens were especially designed to adapt to the different climates in Iran, having access to very limited water source. The design of Persian Garden has benefited from symbolism, the main elements of which are sky, earth, water and plants, symbolizing Eden of Zoroastrian. The common architectural feature of Persian Gardens is their sophisticated irrigation systems. As Iran is covered with vast desert lands in center and south, growing trees and gardens have been a challenge for Iranians since the ancient time, but they have always a heart for growing trees and plants so they have found their way to transfer water from the groundwater springs even far from their cities to where needed through Qanats.
Pahlavanpour Garden is one of the Persian Gardens, located in Mehriz city of Yazd province. This garden built in Qajar era, has always been popular because of its running water. The water sources from Hasan Abad Qanat which does not pass through any other gardens in the city. There are old trees of plantain on the sides of the main water stream and there are Pomegranate, Almond and Persimmon trees in the garden which indicates the rather cool weather of this region. Pahlavanpour Garden consists of an entrance complex (tower, stables and stalls), Kooshk building, winter house, bath, kitchen and store. The Caretaker building is located in the northern part of the garden. Kooshk building which is two and a half floors, is the most beautiful building of the garden and has a hall and a spring house (Hozkhane). The water coming from Qanat comes through Kooshk buildings and then flows in the water streams of the garden. This property belonged to one of the famous merchants of Yazd, Ali Pahlavanpour.
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