YAKHCHAL, The Ancient Ice House in Iran
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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.