Karvansara-i Shah Abbasi (Kahak)
Kahak, Iran
Kahak is a tiny village in the hills northwest of Dilijan. Once lying near a road from Arak to Isfahan, a large caravanserai was constructed near the northern edge of the village, on the slope of a hill overlooking the city. The plan and architectural style of the caravanserai suggest that it was constructed during the reign of Safavid Shah Abbas (r. 1588-1629/996-1038 AH).

The caravanserai is rectangular in shape with a central courtyard. The exterior walls are divided into sections by large blind niches, and has corner towers. The entrance, on the south side, takes the form of an iwan-portal at the center of a projecting block with angled corners.


IranShahrPedia: Encyclopedia of Iranian Architectural History entry: http://iranshahrpedia.com/view/22223

Registration number in Fihrist-i Asar-i Milli-i Iran: 6974. Registered 10/10/1381 (Solar Hijri)

منابع فارسى

: دانشنامۀ تاریخ معماری و شهرسازی ایران‌شهر

شمارهٔ ثبت در فهرست آثار ملى ايران: ۶۹۷۴.  تاریخ ثبت: ۱۳۸۱/۱۰/۱۰

Kahak, Iran
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ca. first quarter 17th/11th century AH
Variant Names
Karvansara-i Shah Abbasi (Kahak)
كاروانسراى شاه عباسی کهک
Karvansara-i Shah Abbasi-i Kahak
Karvansara-yi Shah Abbbasi-yi Kahak
Alternate transliteration
Shah Abbas Caravanserai
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