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- CARAVANSERAIS TOUR IN ISTANBUL -
ISTANBUL - TURKEY


(artisan at silverwork in converted caravanserais)


(inside caravanserais)

Caravanserais (Silk Road Istanbul) Tours in Istanbul
For the caravans of camels on the Road of Silk, the Caravanserais are modernly converted into workshops, and one finds some in great quantity around the Grand Bazaar. Inns and Caravanserais built along the Silk Road shouldered Important tasks within this active trade troute. Appearing as fortresses on remote roads, these structures have elaborate stone ornaments. Apart from meeting all requirements of travellers as a foundation, they also assured travel and trade safety, provided social solidarity for lodgers', a market for merchants to sell their merchandise, as well as bases facilitating the supply of food and ammunition for the army during its campaigns. These Caravanserais were built at a distance of 30-40 kms from one another, to be covered in 8-10 hours on foot.Some of them are in Cappodocia.

Regardless of their religion, language or race, travellers were accomodated and catered to for three days in these caravanserais, their animals were taken care of and fed, and the sick were cured, all at the expense of the foundation.In Istanbul there are so many Caravanserais (Han).You can see them near Grand Bazaar ans Spice Bazaar in Istanbul

Idea : This tour gives a good picture of how the artisans work today in Istanbul in Caravanserais.You can meet so many masters and merchants in Istanbul during tour.
Everyday except sunday. We drink tea with artisans and spend time with them, learning about their lives and business.You can buy also their products.

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Silk Road Hotels:Alemdar Mh. Incili Cavus Sk. 19-3, Sultanahmet - Istanbul / Turkey
Tel: +90 212 527 68 59 Tel1: +90 544 220 10 22   Fax: 90 (212) 527 68 59  E-mail:
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