Caravanserai Zein-o-din

Built in the 16th centuy to support the Silk and Spice Roads, there are hundreds of Caravanserai across Iran in varying states of preservation. Caravanserai Zein-o-din was built in 1590 and now makes for a memorable place to spend the night.

The Caravanserai is octagonal in shape, the rooms are partitioned cubicles along the walls, open to the magnificent ceiling.

The courtyard leads to a wonderful dinning room, home to an unusually good (though perhaps not in Iran given the general quality of the food) buffet dinner and breakfast.

The roof provided great views towards the mountains, though there is the ever present noise of the busy highway behind.

Next door is a mini modern version of the Caravanserai where the staff live.

Nearby are the ruined remains of the original stables.

4km toward the mountains are the remains of a fifty year old textiles factory, looking ancient in the desert setting.

We reached Caravanserai Zein-o-din by driving through the stunning Zagros Mountains, which runs most of the length of the country, a striking landscape to travel through.

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