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Selim Caravanserai

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Selim Caravanserai

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LuizDutraNeto wrote a review Apr 2020
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,108 contributions1,400 helpful votes
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This awesome caravanserai has many names: "Selim", "Oberlian" or "Sulema". All referring to the beautiful 1322 AD shelter in the high mountains of Vardenyats. It was built under the orders of "Prince Chesar Oberlian", at "Selim Mountain Pass" (2.410m above sea level), to shelter all caravans travelling in the "Silk Road" in these days. "Selim Caravanserai" is the best preserved one in Armenia, with impressive basalt blocks, high reliefs above its front entrance and carved "oculi" allowing some light and fresh air in its interior. Unmissable! Enjoy!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Phillip8789 wrote a review Nov 2019
Terrigal, Australia736 contributions412 helpful votes
The Silk Road - something you learnt about at school - and here in front of you is, apparently, the last remaining caravansary still "intact" on the Road. It remains in a very good state of repair. Access to the interior was a highlight, showing where camels were rested overnight and where the travellers were accommodated. I understand that the caravansary was built here because of a local water source which is still flowing through a point across the road. The drive through the Selim Pass to reach this destination offers great views. Perhaps 30 minutes or so here is sufficient.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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AllyP1994 wrote a review Oct 2019
Coventry, United Kingdom149 contributions34 helpful votes
we stopped here for a picnic and to admire the view, and see the Caravanserai which was really interesting, I liked the fact that it was not 'done up' with lighting etc it was easy to imagine how it was centuries ago. Stunning views and when we put our stuff on the table for a picnic an Armenian group joined us we had a fabulous time, then some Spanish tourists joined us too and we joked it was like the UN. We had such fun. There was a wonderful 'Lada supermarket' as well, a chap with everything but the kitchen sink for sale so we relieved him of some of his goods including home made brandy and vodka, and some delicious dried fruit. Fantastic place to stop
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Date of experience: September 2019
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tinkle_24 wrote a review Sep 2019
Northampton, United Kingdom1,223 contributions222 helpful votes
One can get carried away by the romance of the Silk Road which in reality was tough and fraught with dangers as can be seen in the caravanserai built in the 14th century. Dark as there were no windows with small space for travellers who had to sleep on stone floors. Camels hitched by the side. The place must have stank.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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bogdanvv wrote a review Aug 2019
Bucharest, Romania458 contributions60 helpful votes
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Heard The word caravanseray often since i was listenting to stories in my childhood, but never imagined it this way; so heavy construction at maybe 2300m altitude, so cold inside in a hot summer day, probably warm in the winter with fire burning, so many “rooms” for the people arriving here from another caravanseray one day walk away but on the Silk Road for weeks or more, trading, talking, sharing a shelter well built and maybe lifesaving for people or animals alike, interesting and cool
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Date of experience: August 2019
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