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Kervansaray, Harmanli

Kervansaray, Harmanli

The Harmanli Caravanserai is a historic building that once served as an inn for traders and travelers on the famous Silk Road. It is located in the centre of the town, near the Maritsa River. It dates back to the late 16th century and early 17th century when the area was under Ottoman rule. The building was built by Sinan Pasha, the grand vizier of Sultan Ahmed I. The caravanserai had a strategic location as it provided shelter and amenities for travelling merchants as well as a resting place for their animals.
The building consisted of a central courtyard surrounded by accommodation rooms, warehouses and animal stables. Its walls were thick and sturdy, designed to protect guests from outside threats. Its architecture combined elements of Byzantine and Islamic architecture, making it a unique example of cultural fusion.
The Harmanli Caravanserai is an important part of the city's cultural heritage and a testament to the rich history of the area.

Text: Nedyalko Mihalev | Photos: Nedyalko Mihalev | Location: N: 41.931583, E: 25.901682
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