Interior of 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.) Built from basalt in 1332 CE, it is 41 m (135 ft) long. It is a three-nave hall that adjoins a vestibule and a domed-chapel at the east end. Fourteen pylons divide the hall into three naves that feature half-round vaults below the pitched roof.



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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