Armenia's Medieval Selim Caravanserai

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James Blake Wiener
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published on 09 April 2018

This medieval caravanserai located in present-day Armenia is located on the ancient Dvin Partav international trade route, which included the Selim Mountain Pass. (It was part of the ancient Silk Road.) According to an inscription at the site in Armenia, this caravanserai was originally built on the orders of Prince Chesar Orbelian in 1332 CE. The Selim caravanserai was destroyed in the 15-16th centuries and partially reconstructed between 1956-1959. Built from basalt, it is 41 m (135 ft) long. Its façade features two bas-relief statues embellished with dynastic emblems belonging to the Orbelians.



About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and its Communications Director.

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