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Built from mud bricks, windtowers called badgirs (Farsi), catch the wind and cool homes and other buildings. Building structures in Iran are built close together, especially in the country's hot, arid central region, and their purposefully tall earthen and brick walls create maximum shade for pedestrians in the narrow adjacent alleyways. Yazd, Iran. Old City.

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Built from mud bricks, windtowers called badgirs (Farsi), catch the wind and cool homes and other buildings. Building structures in Iran are built close together, especially in the country's hot, arid central region, and their purposefully tall earthen and brick walls create maximum shade for pedestrians in the narrow adjacent alleyways.  Yazd, Iran. Old City.