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Topical headingCaravansaries
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Found inAm. heritage dict. (caravansary: an inn built around a large court for accomodating caravans at night in the Near or Far East)
Wikipedia, Feb. 25, 2011: Caravanserai (a caravansara or khan (Persian: kārvānsarā [in rom.], Turkish: kervansaray); caravansaras supported the flow of commerce, information, and people across the network of trade routes covering Asia, North Africa, and South-Eastern Europe; the word is also rendered as caravansary; the caravansara was also known as a khan, han in Turkish, funduq in Arabic, and fundaco in Venice) Dec. 17, 2018 (A caravanserai was a roadside inn where travelers (caravaners) could rest and recover from the day's journey; the word is also rendered as caravansary, caravansaray, caravanseray and caravansara; The Persian caravanserai was built as a large road station, outside of towns. In the Middle-East the term "khan" is used for these roadside inns as well as for inner-town inns. In Turkish the word is rendered as han) unabridged, Dec. 17, 2018 (caravansary plural caravansaries 1. (in the Near East) an inn, usually with a large courtyard, for the overnight accommodation of caravans. 2. any large inn or hotel. Also caravanserai)
Collins English dictionary online, Dec. 17, 2018 (caravanserai, caravansarai or caravansary, plural -rais or -ries: (in some Eastern countries esp formerly) a large inn enclosing a courtyard providing accommodation for caravans)
Saoud, R. Muslim architecture under Ottoman patronage (1326-1924), 2004, viewed online Dec. 17, 2018: p. 20 (The Ottoman han (caravanserai); as with other building types, the Ottomans also inherited the han or caravanserai keeping much of its functional and formal properties. The general plan consisted of a number of cells and units arranged around a courtyard, providing all the amenities the traveller needed. It contained a mosque, shops, stables, barn, and sleeping rooms; caravanserais; hans)
Caravanserais (kervansarays) of Cappadocia, via Turkish Heritage Travel website, Dec. 17, 2018 (Caravanserais have been used since the 10th century. Trade across Turkey in medieval Seljuk times was dependent on camel trains (kervan, anglicized as caravan), which stopped by night in inns known as kervansaray or caravanserai, literally "caravan palaces". These buildings provided accommodation and other amenities for the merchants and stabling for their animals; hans)