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Sarayan caravanserai in eastern Iran

TEHRAN, Oct. 02 (MNA) – The centuries-old Sarayan caravanserai, which is located in a barren landscape in eastern Iran, was inscribed on the National Heritage list in 2003, and it is home to a museum of anthropology.

Caravanserai is a compound word combining “caravan” with “Sara”. The former stands for a group of travelers and Sara means the building. They often had massive portals supported by elevated load-bearing walls. Guest rooms were constructed around the courtyard and stables behind them, with doors in the corners of the yard.

Iran’s earliest caravanserais were built during the Achaemenid era (550 – 330 BC). For many travelers to Iran, staying in or even visiting a centuries-old caravanserai can be a wide experience as they have an opportunity to feel the past, a time travel back into a forgotten age.

South Khorasan is home to many historical and natural attractions, such as Birjand Castle, Dragon Cave, Furg Citadel, and Polond Desert. It is also known for its famous rugs as well as its saffron and barberry, which are produced in almost all parts of the province.

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