Date: February 2017
Situated on the ancient Silk Road stretching from Asia to Europe, the 16th-century Zeinoldin Caravansary is the only remaining dome-like caravansary of the country which received UNESCO's best award for the restoration of historical buildings.
In earlier centuries, it was reached after a two-day camel ride from south of Yazd, about 60 kilometers on the main road to Kerman. Nowadays, while traveling by cars the sole mudbrick structure can be missed it in the blink of an eye.
Exquisitely laid out with cozy bedrooms around a central courtyard, the place can easily evoke feelings of living in the past. One can imagine hustle and bustle of the merchants selling their goods, bargaining on prices and describing their long journey to one another while their quadrupeds chew on hay and stock up on needed water.
The restoration work of this caravanserai was accomplished by the efforts of Emami's brothers from 2001-2004.
The earliest caravanseries in Persia were constructed in Achaemenid era (550–330 BC) largely for several economic and military purposes.
However, the golden age of caravanseries in the country dates back to Safavid period (1501–1736), paved the way for Iranian merchandise to be exported to European countries in the West and China and India in the East.
An interior view of the 16th-century Zeinodin Caravanserai depicts bedrooms encircling a central courtyard.
The term Caravanserai is derived from the word ‘caravan’ meaning group of passengers traveling together and ‘serai’ meaning house and place.
Source: Tavoos from Tehran Times