Tag: Iranian Caravanserai (Caravansary)

Another (Abandoned) Caravanserai

Caravansarai, off Highway 91, near Kuh-e Denband, north of Ravar, Kerman Province, Iran

Where on earth do you find an abandoned caravanserai by the roadside – wide open for your personal inspection? Here in Iran. For Saeideh and I it’s turning into a habit. It’s past sunset and I’m driving a 4WD in central Iran, just past Ravar toward Tabas. From the corner of an eye I see..

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How Not to Visit a 7,000-Year-Old City

Maybod Yazd Province Narin Fort Iran Ali Torkzadeh Com 100 7

Here’s how NOT to visit a 7,000-year-old Iranian city: do your research beforehand, not after getting home. When I saw Meybod (MAY-boad) from the top of the 2,000-year-old Narin Castle, I was instantly sorry I hadn’t planned a longer stay. As far as the eye can see, there are old neighborhoods filled with narrow adobe walkways,..

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Waiting in Iran, for 400 years

Village of Zafaraniyeh

A postal route operated here when North America wasn’t yet settled by Europeans. Travelers and businessmen slept here in style 200 years before there was even such a thing as the United States. But today the caravanserai of Zafaraniyeh sits empty and abandoned, like thousands of other ancient jewels all over Iran, victim of time, cultural amnesia and..

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Stumbling Upon Antiquities in Iran

Child at the Village of Zafaraniyeh, near Sabzevar, Iran

Near SABZEVAR, Iran – Iran is so old that sometimes even aimless tourists get to discover a village chock full of antiquities seemingly unnoticed by a government overwhelmed with the upkeep of thousands of similar jewels. It’s mid-August afternoon and wife Saeideh and I are speeding toward Sabzevar on the highway that used to be..

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