0523 GMT May 26, 2022
According to locals, the garden was built simultaneously with Shah Nematollah Vali Mosque of Taft, iranontour.com reported.
Sadri Garden story
Sadri Garden was built by the order of one of the rulers of Zand Era (1750–1795 CE) in the late 18th century. Later, Namir Tafti a famous Zoroastrian and a well-known orthopedist, and his family lived there as gardeners. After working in India and saving enough money, Namir returned to Taft, and bought the garden. That’s why people of Taft also call the place Namir Garden. Namir married a girl from Taft and had 11 children. The large family owned the house until the death of the only daughter of the family. Then the garden came into the hands of the Municipality of Taft and Taft’s Cultural Heritage Organization.
The main materials used in the construction of Sadri Garden are adobe, brick, cobblestone, cut stone, thatch, wood, plaster and brick. The architecture and design of this building as well as the vegetation of this garden is a perfect example of a Persian garden. So that such a building is built with beautiful trees in the hot and scorching desert conditions.
Sadri House or Sadri Garden, like all old houses, has summer and winter residences. To see the building and garden, you should pass through a narrow alley. Upon entering the vestibule, you reach a stream. It was used as khonkja, a cool place. By entering the garden, the first building that you encounter is the summer residence. This building has a large hall. There are wide corridors on both sides of the hall, which are the connection path between the rooms.
The summer residence mansion has a two-floor wind-catcher that is located on the hall of the mansion. The wind-catcher, which acts as an air conditioner, is the tallest wind-catcher in Taft. Below the hall, you will see a basement. It’s made of bricks. In the interior part of the garden, there are 30 rooms. These rooms are made of adobe and mud. They were the residence of the peasants who worked for the lord.
In front of the summer residence, there is a large stone pool, passing through which you reach the winter residence. There is a water mill in the winter residence, a mill that once supplied flour for the household. Water flowed into the mill and the garden to feed and irrigate pomegranates, apricot and peach trees. You can still see the pool, the fountains, the trees and their fruits are still standing.
The summer residence has a large hall. Beautiful altar arches decorate it. The basement is made of black cement and brick, and the floor of this huge building is covered with bricks. There are stunning cylindrical pillars on the second floor of this building. The parts of the pillars that are connected to the roof are decorated with square and crescent-shaped bricks. In a part of the ceiling, a cover of wood and date fibers has been used instead of iron. Likewise, there are wonderful orosi (tall windows and colored glass) in the rooms of the house.
You can see an old manuscript in one of the rooms on the second floor of the hall. It is on the eastern front and inside the shelf that is in the room. This manuscript is more than 55 years old. And it is written by a person named Ataollah Mosnadinejad. He was transferred from Shiraz to Taft due to an administrative mission. He has written about his encounter and association with the people of Taft, especially the Zoroastrians of this city, with a pencil on the wall.
Stunning irrigation system
There is a large stone pool in front of the porch of the summer mansion, which plays an important role in softening the garden atmosphere. The pool has been designed and implemented with the special idea of the architect and according to the facilities of that time. It has 95 fountains. It is also interesting to know that the irrigation system and the use of water power in the garden has been very smart. The water of the fountains flows without electricity and pumping. It then flows throughout the garden to irrigate trees. Finally, the water that flows in the garden streams goes to the winter residence, where it runs the mill for purposes such as grinding wheat and grains.
The summer residence mansion has now become a beautiful restaurant. You can have lunch and dinner inside the summer mansion or in the garden. You can sit around the beautiful pool and also enjoy the pleasant and fresh air of the garden. In winters, they install enclosures around the pool that allow you to sit in the garden, in front of the pool. That makes a marvelous atmosphere.
At night, the beauty of the light in both mansions of the garden creates a special atmosphere. The pool and its fountains are naturally supplied from mountain water.
In the two streets on both sides of the fountains, the narrow garden passages help create shade. Therefore, the shade of the trees covers the passage like an umbrella. And in hot summers of the desert, they were like a paradise corridor. They protected family members from the heat when going around the garden.
The museum of the garden is located in the summer residence building. In the museum, you can visit paintings from the garden before the restoration, the restoration process, the shape and image of the garden after the project and even several old fountain stones of the garden. Observing the difficulties of the process of restoring every historical building for architects, builders and workers, will give us a new and special perspective about Persian architecture and more attention to details.
You can visit so many wonderful attractions near Sadri Garden. Here are some of them: Shah Nematollah Vali, a complex that includes a mosque, a mausoleum, a school, a bazaar, a square, a water storage and a zurkhaneh (a place for an ancient Persian sport). Nartitee Ecolodge, one of the most famous ecolodges of Yazd Province, is another charm of Yazd. The place has an adobe courtyard and has been turned into a museum due to the old and traditional furniture inside it. If you are into nature, Dareh Gahan Waterfall, the only spectacular waterfall in Yazd with the height of more than 20 meters, is a must-see place. The mild climate and beautiful valleys make it a nice rock-climbing destination.