Photographer's Note

Arash, our guide, took us to see Alexander’s prison which was a well in the courtyard of the old domed school and next to the school is the Tomb of the 12 Imams. The odd thing is that the domed tomb has no Imams buried there and the prison was never a prison.

“This 15th-century domed school is known as Alexander's Prison because of a reference to this apparently dastardly place in a Hafez poem.

The story goes that during the reign of Alexander the Macedonian,a number of Iranian elite resisting his domination went on an uprising in Rey ( Near Tehran). He had them arrested, and on his way through Yazd imprisoned them in a dungeon which refers to a deep well in the courtyard of this building.” (Lost the info on source ) 

No matter that the link with Alexander is very tenuous, what’s important is that the former well is now a teahouse, deep and cool, accessed by a steep set of steps and hidden from the glaring sun and Summer heat. Plus the service is friendly and so is the welcome.

The middle photo looks up to the opening which is at ground level in the courtyard. The other two photos are inside the well, now a teahouse. The photo on the right shows the steps coming from above ground.

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