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Cozy Privatized Dorm (15$)

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Privatized dorm bed with cabin design، separate lighting and outlet for each bed, lockers next to the bed, bathroom, free Wi-Fi, good complete breakfast.

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Private Double Room (45$)

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Private rooms with a couch, desk, shared bathroom just by the door in the dorm, free Wi-Fi, as well as a good complete breakfast.

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Private Twin Room (45$)

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3-bed private room (60$)

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3-bed private room with private bathroom and kitchen

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4-bed private room with private bathroom and kitchen

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5-bedroom apartment with private bathroom and kitchen

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The Khanat Caravansary

The Khanat Caravansary


History and Geographical Location

Another type of building that existed alongside every bazaar was the caravansary. Urban caravansaries were places for commerce, dwelling of resident merchants, visiting traders, and for storing goods. Countryside caravansaries also existed along the roads linking the country's towns and cities. They were built for the benefit of travelers and pilgrims and also served as transit platforms for caravans. A roadside caravansary consisted of a relatively large courtyard, sometimes on two floors, encircled by lodging rooms. In urban caravansaries, some of the rooms were rented by merchants, who used them as their business locales, while the others served as storage areas and stables for beasts of burden. Architecturally speaking, countryside caravansaries were similar to urban ones. However, their utilization was different, since countryside caravansaries also served as lodgings for travelers and pilgrims. Here, we introduce one of Tehran's oldest caravansaries, which have retained its original appearance. The Khanat Caravansary is located on the north-eastern edge of Amin-os Soltan Square, near Molavi Square and the Sar-e Qabr-e Aqa Shrine, close to Saheb Jam' Avenue. It once housed caravansaries who brought their goods into the capital, amid a din of camel bells. The Khanat Caravansary was built during the reign of Naser-ed Din Shah Qajar and listed as part of Chaleh Maydan district in the census of 1869, when this district housed 23 caravansaries. This large number of caravansaries within a single district was due to the proximity of Hazrat-e Abd-ol Azim Gate. The Khanat Caravansary follows a two-iwan plan and covers an area of approximately 10,000 square meters. Some 6,000 square meters of this area belong to its building and the remainder to its courtyard. This caravansary includes a forecourt, a portico, an entrance vestibule, an entrance corridor, two iwans, an octagonal central courtyard, peripheral lodging rooms and store-rooms, stairways, lading platforms, stables and connecting corridors. About 50 rooms exist on the caravansary's main (northern, southern, eastern and western) sides, while its secondary (north-eastern, north-western, south-eastern and south-western) sides contains passageways through which the storerooms, lading platforms and the building's roof are accessed. The main entrances of the Khanat Caravansary are located on its eastern and western sides. The western entrance is set at an angle with regard to the building, which prevents the courtyard from being visible from the outside. This entrance leads into a vestibule followed by a corridor. The corridor is covered by a succession of domes, some of which are pierced with light apertures.
On the northeastern side, past a corridor, one reaches the lading platforms and the stables where mules, horses, and camels were kept when the caravansary was active. The materials used in this building are bricks, mortar, lime and plaster. Stone gutters and pillar bases are also visible in the platforms flanking the entrances. The Khanat Caravansary displays a brick-work decoration at the base of its entrance domes and on the ceiling of the iwans fronting its rooms. The wood decoration included the building's doors and windows and the sash windows in its entrance corridors. Today, only the door and window frames remain, all their delicate elements have disappeared.

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