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an inn and trading post for caravans along the roads in the cities of Southwest Asia, Middle Asia, and Transcaucasia. Caravansaries, which have been known since antiquity, were widespread during the ninth through 18th centuries as cities grew and the caravan trade intensified.

Two types are most common: the hall caravansary and thecaravansary with an inner court. The hall caravansaries, seen inArmenia, are retangular buildings divided into naves. The mid-dle nave is designed for men and goods; the animals are kept inthe side naves. The other type has small buildings of one or a fewstories, where travelers stay with their merchandise; the build-ings open on an enclosed court, where the animals are kept.Roadside caravansaries were fortified with protective walls orelse were attached to inns or fortresses (rabats and khans). Thedevelopment of railroads and other modern type of transporthave brought about a decline in the importance of caravansarieson transit roads.

caravansary, caravanserai

interior of a caravansary
1.In the middle east, a building or inn for the overnight lodging of travelers by caravan; usually enclosed by a solid wall and entered through a large gate.
2. By extension, any large inn or hotel.
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So that from the old entrance of the city in DarvazeDolat, in front of Dolatkhane there is an old caravansary after which bazar is started.
Or was it just a caravansary, abounding in the graffiti of travelers?
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in the northwest of Ardakan, this village has the following historical edifices, Haj Abolqasem Rashti caravansary built in 1269 AH.
Its Bezirhane, a former caravansary converted into a concert space, contains a grand piano purchased by owner GE[micro]kE-in Ilycaly for Klasik Keyifler's exclusive use for concerts and classes during the festival.
Standing in like a proxy for Ballard's resort was Hotel Palenque, 1969-72, Smithson's slide-show meditation on a decaying Mexican caravansary through which one could easily imagine vampires wandering restlessly.
Pero, ademas, ha escrito cinco novelas, un libro de cuentos, dos volumenes de cronicas, 12 libros de ensayos, tres para ninos y dos recuentos autobiograficos, el primero de los cuales --Confissoes de um poeta-- suscito el elogio de Alvaro Mutis, su amigo, quien usa una linea de ese libro como epigrafe en su Caravansary.
manan de la obra lirica y narrativa de Mutis, como La mansion de Araucaima (1973), Caravansary (1981) o Amirbar (1990), por mencionar solo tres.
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