Multani Caravanserai, Baku
Multani Caravanserai in Baku, built in the 14th century along the Silk Road trading route connecting East and West, is an invaluable relic of medieval architecture and transcontinental history.
Due to its location in the city center, Multani Caravanserai attracted traders and travelers who found themselves passing through the capital. Among the guests of the caravanserai were many merchants from the city of Multan, in present-day Pakistan, which eventually gave rise to the inn’s name.
The Silk Road caravanserai was built as an even square, in the center of which is a courtyard with a well. Rooms for guests are arranged along the perimeter of the building, while an open gallery with vaulted arches runs along the entrance to the guest rooms. Additional premises for livestock and goods complete the complex grounds.
One notable feature of Multani Caravanserai is its spacious basement, which consists of three large rooms used to store food and other provisions. Yet in the basement there were also secret doors through which merchants and other travelers could sneak out of the caravanserai to reach the shipyards while remaining undetected by watchful, prying eyes.
Today, Multani Caravanserai in Baku is open to the public. Located in the historic quarters of Icheri Sheher next to an ancient, semi-underground bathhouse, it is often visited in conjunction with the nearby Bukhara Caravanserai, Juma Mosque and other sights of Old Baku.
Multani Caravanserai remains a fascinating destination for anyone interested in caravanserai history and is the perfect resting place for weary travelers walking through the historic center of Azerbaijan’s capital. Much like the sojourners of old, you can rest in the quiet courtyard, drink a cup of tea or enjoy a delicious local meal in the excellent restaurant located inside the caravanserai.