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    Shah Abbasi Caravansary, Meybod, Yazd, Iran

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    Meybod - Shah Abbasi Caravansary, Meybod, Yazd, Iran

    Overview:

    • Working Hours: 8 am. to11 pm. everyday
    • Plan Your Visit: Half to one hour

    One of Shah Abbas’s accomplishments was the construction of one thousand caravansaries around the country; he later demolishes one of them so that the count would stop at 999, which sounds more precise and non-round. Therefore, there are many Shah Abbas caravansaries around Iran named after him and they all belong to 400 years ago. Caravansaries supported the flow of commerce, information, and people across the network of trade routes covering Asia, North Africa, and southeastern Europe, especially along the Silk Road.

     

     

    The Meybod caravansary is well renovated and by visiting it, you can see the way caravansaries worked. Shah Abbasi Caravansary is one of the important Safavid period Caravansaries. It is very important in case of architecture, placing and interior design. It is based on a rectangular plan with a yard - Centered design.

     

     

    It is made of brick with four-veranda method. The building is made up of entrance portal, covered passageways (sabats, just like the ones in Old Town Yazd), exterior verandas (outer iwans), vestibule, central courtyard, many cooking areas and one hundred rooms. 24 of these areas/rooms are on the outside of the Caravansary.

     

     

    In center of the courtyard, travelers will find a small pool. This pool was always kept full, thanks to the watered channeled-in by the nearby Qanat. This abundance of fresh water was crucial for making the visitors’ travel to Iran as pleasant as possible. The pool entrance is located in a Sabat (vaulted alley).

     

     

    The entrance portal, in the south of the complex, is kept guarded by a massive heavy wooden door. This door was a good measure of the Caravansary’s level of security.

    The Shah Abbasi Caravansary has a large number of different resting areas, iwans, and dwelling spaces. Varieties of open and covered spaces exists to accommodate the different classes of people who rolled through with the caravan (the group of traders, pilgrims or travelers).

     

     

    Another key feature of the Shah Abbasi Caravansary is its water storage (Ab-Anbar). The water at this large brick reservoir is kept cool by the help of four tall Badgirs,

    The caravansary includes a Chapar Khaneh (Courier House) and an Ice House, too. The yard has 24 chambers that today are used as handicraft workshops or handicraft shops.

     

     

    There is a traditional restaurant, a souvenir shop and a museum dedicated to zilus (a type of Iranian ground cloth) along with a zilu workshop and shop.

    Once you’re finished touring the magnificent old Persian inn, we advise you also check out the Meybod Zilu Museum. The fairly recent museum on the eastern wing of the Shah Abbasi Caravansary has been dedicated to the Zilu; Meybod’s traditional style Persian rug.

    To make sure this age-old weaving style and Persian art form survives, there are three Persian rug workshops, one of which is fully active. Here, local weavers show visiting tourists how these beautifully pieces of Persian culture are made. Some of the rugs here are over 500 years old. Definitely worth checking out!

     

     

    You can also have a delicious meal at Shah Abbasi Restaurant.

    The caravansary was registered as a National Heritage Site in 1979.

    Contacts:

    • Tell : +98 35 3772552-3

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    Patrimonito

    This workshop is designed according to the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme in order to give young people a chance to voice their concerns and to become involved in the protection of our common cultural and natural heritage. It seeks to encourage and enable tomorrow’s decision-makers to participate in heritage conservation and to respond to the continuing threats facing our World Heritage. The idea of involving young people in World Heritage preservation and promotion came as a response to Article 27 of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention). Furthermore, Patrimonito means 'small heritage' in Spanish and the character represents a young heritage guardian. Patrimonito has been widely adopted as the international mascot of the World Heritage Education Programme.
    Date: 29th December
    Number of trainees: 7
    Duration: 3 hours

    The workshop of "Patrimonito" was held on 29th of December. Participants arrived around 10:30 and they were welcomed by hot chocolate and Persian cup cakes. After a little introduction by trainers and trainees, the process started by making two groups and letting them choose a name for their group, each group was accompanied by a mentor then each group was given some images of world heritage sites in Iran and some descriptions, each group was asked to match images and descriptions, the mentor was guiding them throughout the activity. All trainees were participating actively and trying to remember their experiences about their travels to these places. When they were done with the activity, the mentors started giving the answers and a brief explanation about each site; mentors were using trainees’ ideas and experiences to complete their tasks.

    Shortly after that, the second part started which was a presentation done by two of mentors. The aim of this presentation was to define the value of these world heritage sites and duties of each person as a "Patrimonito", and what happens if there is no "Patrimonito" and nobody cares about our tangible or intangible heritage. In this part trainees started questioning and understanding the whole concept of being a "Patrimonito", they also added their own suggestions on how to protect our heritage and by the end of this part, they were completely aware about their role as a "Patrimonito".
    Now it was a best time to have a short break, during the break trainees were introduced to some of intangible heritages as they were served by traditional food and snacks and even they way of serving was according to traditions and everyone had this opportunity to discuss about intangible heritage while enjoying some traditional food and snacks.
    When the break was done, everyone was asked to choose a heritage either tangible or intangible and they had to introduce their chosen heritage to a tourist by making a postcard using what they have learnt. They were given all of necessary tools such as color papers, color pencils, glue, scissors, images of heritage and a mentor was with them in order to help them completing the task.

    When they were done, they handed out their postcards and with the mentors they sat together and spent a few minutes asking and answering about what they have learnt. Then they were told to say their vows for protecting their heritage and caring about it, the mentor said the vow and the trainees repeated after her and they officially became a "Patrimonito".

    The last but the best part was when they were given the certificates, and they were told that since they are aware of the value of the heritage and they know how to protect it, they are chosen as "Patrimonito" and they should continue their mission by introducing the value of heritage to others. They were granted certificates and labels and the workshop of "Patrimonito" was finished by taking some memorial photos.