Come laughing when the wind Has blown a hole In the world See the moving sparkle covers Such chits as orchards Thrones and caravansaries
Blackened eye-sockets above the grit And silt of destinies O come here laughing anyway
It is a place that is worth seeing with its mosques, churches, khans, caravansaries
, bathhouses and bridges.
It comprises 23 caravansaries
, 22 corridors, 20 malls, 28 mosques, eight madrasahs, five bath houses, two ice houses and a zurkhaneh or traditional athletic club.
Along the roadways, visitors can stop at the ruins of several caravansaries
that once housed weary travelers on the Silk Road.
The breathtaking landscape of Cheops pyramid, the mythical country travelled by Herodotus, the Kasbahs and harems of North Africa , the wealthy caravansaries
, and the unexplored deserts of the imagination, all attracted the visual artists of the Orientalist school, novelists, poets, adventurers and eventually ruthless colonisers.
The project involves the restoration of some 150 mosques, caravansaries
, fortifications and other sites.
Indeed, alongside the vast destruction, new caravansaries
arose--secure stations for merchants on caravan routes, which relinked the two ends of the landmass, establishing partnerships that allowed orderly shipment of riches in far-flung, albeit narrow, networks.
It is as clear as day that there will be too few people with the discretionary income to lodge in these up-market caravansaries
Paul; the Christian church fathers who gathered in the first seven ecumenical councils, all held on Turkish soil; the Seljuk Turks, who established their capital at Konya and built a chain of caravansaries
along the Silk Road, some 200 of which remain today; the Crusaders; the Ottoman Turks, who conquered Constantinople in 1453 and renamed it Istanbul.
Others were turned over to the ulema for use as mosques, religious schools, caravansaries
, hospitals, and the like.