A “caravanserai”, is a roadside inn built to shelter men, goods, and animals along ancient caravan routes in the ancient time and Muslim world. It is especially known to be linked with the trade routes along the former Silk Roads. But more than that, there was an extensive network of caravanserais built along with the whole network of trade routes in the Middle East and Central Asia. This network of caravanserais supported the flow of commerce, information, pilgrimage and people across the trade routes throughout the history of the different and extended Muslim empires covering Asia, India, North Africa, and South-Eastern Europe from the 9th till the 19th century. The word caravanserai is a Westernization of the Persian word, which combines “caravan” with “sarayi” or “serai” meaning dwelling, palace, or enclosed courts (in Turkish: kervansaray). It is also rendered as caravansarai and caravansary. “Caravan” itself has come to have a similar meaning in English, where it refers to a group or convoy of soldiers, traders, pilgrims, or other travelers engaged in long-distance travel.

As Iran historically is located between the main ancient civilizations, the historical roads are playing a critical role in Persian civilization. From the beginning of the history to the current time, the role of Iran as a bridge has encouraged the rulers and people to always care about roads and related structures as one of the main financial income resources. For example, Silk Roads is one of this long lasting corridors which played an important role in Persian Empire during the history. One of the famous Persian ancient road which known as Royal Road, during and after Achamenied period, which was connecting the main cities of Persian empire, there were several characteristic network of routes across the Iran that historically are well-known.  The Silk Roads have connected civilizations and brought peoples and cultures into contact with each other from across the world for thousands of years, permitting not only an exchange of goods but an interaction of ideas and cultures that have shaped our world today. The historical roads have had several elements related to their functions. Bridges, Caravanserais, checkpoints, castles Bazaars and specifically caravanserais as a main element of historical road in Iran, were not only a simple place for travelers to rest and keeping safe their belongs, also were a meeting point for travelers, merchants, scientists, and many other scholars who wanted to exchange knowledge and ideas, as well as discover new civilizations.

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The historic routes mostly were a network of trade routes across land and sea that spanned much of the globe from prehistoric times until the present day, along which people of many different cultures, religions and languages met, exchanged ideas and influenced each other.

One of the first historical documents that tells us about the geographical direction as well as the stations that caravans and merchants use was a book called Parthian Stations by Isidore of Charax (1th BC), which describes the road from the western border of Iran to the eastern part of Iran in detail. By reading this book we can find the location of the first caravanserais and the geographical locations of the roads which connected western to eastern Iran.  It is also the first conclusive evidence of caravanserais existing and operating along the one of the most ancient roads in Iran. The numbers of historical roads that is now called the Silk Road, Royal Roads, Khorasan Road and two pilgrimage roads in Iran, are hosting hundreds of caravanserais.

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Today, many historic buildings and monuments still stand, marking the passage of the ancient Roads through caravanserais, ports and cities. However, the long-standing and ongoing legacy of this remarkable network is reflected in the many distinct but interconnected cultures, languages, customs and religions that have developed and spread over millennia along these routes. The passage of merchants and travelers of many different nationalities resulted not only in commercial exchange, but in a continuous and widespread process of cultural interaction. As such, from their early, exploratory origins, the Silk Roads developed to become a driving force in the formation of diverse societies across Eurasia and far beyond.

Our Purpose is to Show our tourists this ancient routs and these caravanserais and they become more familiar with Iran.

Our Purpose is to Show our tourists this ancient routs and these caravanserais and they become more familiar with Iranian history.

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