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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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This resulted in inns called caravanserais (they were later called khans) along the main routes -places of rest where people and animals would be safe for the night and where they could be sure of food and lodging.
As Finigan himself said of a visit in August 1837: "Among the persons whom I met in the caravanserais of John Street were beggars, showmen, music grinders, pedlars and impostures of different grades and different nations, lodging in wretched harmony, filthy vileness and disgusting dirt to the number of from 15 to 20 or more in one house.
Historically, in the east and middle-east, stopping places for caravans were called caravanserais.
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This architecture of trade includes covered bazaars or souqs, caravanserais or khans which are the medieval equivalent of modern hotels.
This model -domain ontology- provides systematic lexical specification of the components and the relationships between them that reflects 3 dimensional characteristics of the architectural content for a typology of historical buildings, caravanserais of the Silk Roads.