ID : N-968 Date : 2018/01/04 - 10:00
(Persia Digest) – The Sa’d al-Saltaneh serai in Qazvin is the world’s largest indoors caravanserai inside a city and a must see place for tourists interested in going back in time to the depths of history. Today, this is a commercial center in Qazvin.
The historic city of Qazvin is 150kms away from the capital Tehran. It has always played a lasting role in the Aryan land of Iran.
In old European writings, this historic city has been called “Arsas”. The Ashkanids have called it “Ordopa”, and the Greek called it “Rajia”; a city that became the settling place of the “Casit” people and later renamed as “Caspian”.
Called “Qashvin” in the Sassanid era, today it is home to over 1300 registered historic sites.
One of the most well-known sites here is the Sa’d al-Saltaneh caravanserai where you can revisit history by setting foot in it.
The portals, arched roofs, and brickworks are hundreds of years old and mesmerizing for every viewer. The main winding corridors leading to a large door each are the way out to its multiple lush gardens.
The caravanserai was built in 1894, during Nassereddin Shah of Qajar’s reign by Sa’d al-Saltaneh, the governor of Qazvin. This is the largest roofed caravanserai inside a city. It used to be the commercial hub of the city prior to WWI. Part of its chambers are now used for shops, restaurants, traditional photographers, and souvenirs shops.