Caravanserais

Stations along caravan routes providing overnight accommodations and facilities for caravans and individuals and their animals; generally characterized by large central courtyards, a single entrance and, often, shops. For Islamic structures of similar function, but in urban contexts and having more mercantile facilities, use "khans.".

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caravanserais
caravanserai
caravansaries
caravanseries
choltries
choultries
chultries
dharmsalas
karavanserais Dutch
karavanserai Dutch
caravansares Spanish
caravansar Spanish
caravanera Spanish
caravansario Spanish
caravasar Spanish

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Stations along caravan routes providing overnight accommodations and facilities for caravans and individuals and their animals; generally characterized by large central courtyards, a single entrance and, often, shops. For Islamic structures of similar function, but in urban contexts and having more mercantile facilities, use "khans."

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300007148. The J. Paul Getty Trust.