YAKHCHAL, The Ancient Ice House in Iran

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Flag of Iran  , Kermān,
Tuesday, March 2, 2010

These YAKHCHALS or Ice Houses were photographed from the cities of Sirjan, Meybod & Kerman. To any visitor to these cities, the yakhchal arrests your attention because of its unique and eye catching architecture. I am so taken with them, that they deserve a separate entry in my travel blog.

This was an entry from the WIKIPEDIA;

Ice houses originally invented in Persia were buildings used to store ice throughout
the year, prior to the invention of the refrigerator.
The most common designs involved underground chambers, usually
man-made, which were built close to natural sources of winter ice such
as freshwater lakes.

During the winter, ice and snow would be
taken into the ice house and packed with insulation, often straw or sawdust.
It would remain frozen for many months, often until the following
winter, and could be used as a source of ice during summer months. The
main application of the ice was the storage of perishable foods, but it
could also be used simply to cool drinks, or allow ice-cream and sorbet desserts
to be prepared.

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paige on

what a place! woow

excelsov on

thank you my dear. apa kabar?

Ellie Merz on

Hi there, I am a Researcher from a UK television series called, The Restoration Man. We are looking for images of the Yakchal to use in the programme and I wonder whether you might be willing to let us use your's? If so do contact me on: elliemerz@tigeraspect.co.uk or alternatively on 0044208 222 4887. Thanks

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