Mesr, formerly known as Chah Daraz, Kalateh Youssef and Mazrae Youssef, is a village in the city of Khor and Biyabank city in Isfahan province. This village is located 45 km east of Jandagh city and 60 km north of Khor and Biyabank city. Mesr, along with two other small villages called Amir-abad and Farahzad, is one of the most attractive tourist areas of Iran, and the name of the sandy sea of the Mesr desert is familiar to many nature lovers. Many years ago, a part of the film was shot to this village, which may be one of the reasons why the village is famous for this.
It is said that once upon a time, the village aqueducts became dry and water-scarce, and a man called Yusuf , who was the owner or one of the richest people in the village, was forced to dig a well. A few years after the well was exploited, the aquifers went down again until Yusuf dug a deeper well, which is why the villagers called the village a Chah-Deraz (long well).
But since Yusuf did not like this name, he asked the people to call the name of this village Mesr (Persian name of Egypt), because his name was Yusuf and the story of Prophet Yusuf (Joseph) also took place in the land of Egypt. The villagers also called this village Mesr (Egypt) because they had a lot of respect for Yusuf. Yusuf ordered that a wide street at least 500 meters long be built in the middle of the village, and in response to the ambiguities of the people who said that our village was small and there was no need to build this wide and long street, he said that it would become famous and crowded in the near future. Interestingly, this prediction of Yosuf came true and now many tourists visit this village so that now this village is considered one of the most important nature tourism destinations in Iran.
Existence of old houses and their reconstruction for accommodation of tourists and recreational facilities such as camel riding in the desert and most importantly the existence of sand dunes around the village are among the factors that have attracted tourists in the heart of the desert. Many Iranian and foreign astronomers choose the clear and dark sky of this place to set up their observation workshops, and also many photographers use the desert nature there for photography.
To reach the village of Mesr, you can go north through the estuary and desert, which is about 60 km. There is another route from Jandagh, which is less used due to its unsuitable road. Apart from the traditional texture and houses renovated in the old way, which attracts a lot of attention, the sand dunes of this village, as well as the gardens and agricultural lands of the village can create many tourist attractions. Farther from the village, we can also mention other sights such as Neyzar, Chal Selkenun, Takht Arous and Takht Abbasi.