Kharanaq (Persian: خرانق, also Romanized as Kharānaq, Kharāneq, and Kharānoq; also known as Khowrāneq, ((means land of sun)) Khurūnaq or Kharanagh) is a village located 70 km north of Yazd in Rabatat Rural District, Kharanaq District, Ardakan County, Yazd Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 433, in 133 families. The town and its minaret have become a minor tourist attraction. Kharanaq, which was known as a world and historical village, was introduced as the 23rd city of Yazd province on July 6, 2020. This 4500-year-old city is surrounded by mountains on one side and desert from the other. Many buildings in Kharanaq/ Kharanagh are completely collapsed and ramshackle, but among them, the remaining mosque from the Qajar period, a shaking minaret from 17th and the caravanserai of the city have been reconstructed and can be visited.

Kharanaq means 'place of birth of the sun' and has been continuously inhabited for 4,500 years. It divides into two parts; the Old Town, with its collection of mud brick buildings and a caravanserai, and the New Town, where more than 400 people continue to live. Kharanaq was prosperous in farming, but with the water supply drying up, the inhabitants left, leaving the old town in ruin.

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