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To retreat to the coolness of the Sari Han caravanserai gave as much pleasure to me as no doubt it has done to many travellers over the centuries.

To encourage trade on the Silk Road, Ottoman sultans, like other local rulers, funded the construction of many caravanserais along the route. Caravans would typically travel at night to avoid being an easy target for thieves, spending the day in the caravanserais that were spaced strategically on the route. Trade was so valuable that the state guaranteed the security of the goods, reimbursing traders for theft, a kind of early insurance program. These stations would allow travelers to rest for three days, repairing their shoes, treating any illnesses, and caring for their animals.

Sarihan was the last caravanserai built by Seljuk emperors, constructed in 1249. It used a mixture of yellow, pink, and beige stone, artistically arranged around the elaborate entrance portal. It fell into disuse and later ruins but was restored in 1991.

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  • Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2627 W: 70 N: 6333] (28806)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2010-08-29
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/9.0, 1/60 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2010-11-28 4:35
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