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Newly reconstructed Caravanseraye Yazd Hotel, Yazd, Iran. Also spelled caravansarai, caravanserai and caravansaray, in Farsi. Many of the old caravanserais of Iran are being renovated to attract tourists and to restore the architecture of the country's cultural past. These travelers' inns served as sheltering points for travelers, traders, pilgrims, and solders?as well as their animals, and included storehouses for merchant's goods. The architecture of each is based on the model of limited entrances to the outside to guard against invaders and thieves, and an open courtyard into which most rooms face.

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Newly reconstructed Caravanseraye Yazd Hotel, Yazd, Iran.  Also spelled caravansarai, caravanserai and caravansaray, in Farsi. Many of the old caravanserais of Iran are being renovated to attract tourists and to restore the architecture of the country's cultural past. These travelers' inns served as sheltering points for travelers, traders, pilgrims, and solders?as well as their animals, and included storehouses for merchant's goods. The architecture of each is based on the model of limited entrances to the outside to guard against invaders and thieves, and an open courtyard into which most rooms face.