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Bukhara Caravansarai – one of ancient posts for caravans in Old City of Baku

Baku, April 1, AZERTAC

Located in the Old City of Baku - Icherisheher, near the Maiden Tower, the Bukhara caravanserai is one of the ancient posts for caravans on the Silk Road and a fascinating place for travelers.

Azerbaijan’s capital city of Baku from ancient times was an important center on the Great Silk Road, where the East and the West crossed.

Merchants and traders flocked to such Azerbaijani cities as Shaki, Ganja, Baku and others from all countries, bringing with them overseas spices, silk and other goods.

Here, tourists can visit the old bazaars with many crafts still practiced by descendants of the original jeweler maker, miniature painter or carpet weaver, new crafts such as photography, delicious food in places, whereas the locals' warm welcome to visitors make this an unforgettable place.

Bukhara Caravanserai was erected in the late 15th century over a trade highway that passed through the Shamakhi Gates of the fortress. It is close to a UNESCO World Heritage Site - Maiden Tower, which is believed to have been completed in the 12th century.

The caravanserai was harnessed as a hotel, basically catering to merchants of Central Asia.

The shape of the caravanserai building is square and surrounded by balconies and cells, and the portal is convex. The caravanserai has an octagonal courtyard as well as. The bulk of the architectural composition of the caravanserai has been formed by a variety of arches situated around the inner courtyard.

Throughout the perimeter of the courtyard are the arches, which constitute the bulk of the architectural composition. The restoration works of 1964 completely freed the building of the caravanserai from the additions made earlier, which made it possible, against the background of surrounding buildings, to reveal the large-scale structure of this monument of national importance.

Now the restaurant of the Azerbaijani national cuisine is functioning here.

 

 

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