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Caravansarai Multani – a monument of historical and cultural heritage on Great Silk Road in Baku

Baku, April 2, AZERTAC

Caravansarai Multani - a monument of historical and cultural heritage on the Great Silk Road in Baku, located in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Old City - Icherisheher, opposite the Bukhara caravanserai, is one of the ancient posts for caravans on the Silk Road and a fascinating place for travelers.

Built along the Silk Road trading route connecting East and West, Caravansarai Multani is an invaluable relic of medieval architecture and transcontinental history.

Due to its location in the city center, Multani Caravanserai attracted traders and travelers who found themselves passing through the capital.

Among the guests of the caravanserai were many merchants from the city of Multan, in present-day Pakistan, which eventually gave rise to the inn’s name.

The caravanserai served as a stopping place for merchants and fire worshipers from India. It is known that they built a temple of fire worshipers "Ateshgah" in Surakhani, Baku, which has survived to this day, and functions as a museum.

Caravanserai Multani has a square shape, an internal courtyard and is built on relatively ancient structures. On the perimeter of the courtyard there are balconies behind which there are separate rooms-cells, designed for individual housing.

Located in the historic quarters of Icherisheher next to an ancient, semi-underground bathhouse, it is often visited in conjunction with the nearby Bukhara Caravanserai, Juma Mosque and other sights of Old Baku.

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