The circular-plan Zein-o-din Caravanserai is a special place in the middle of the desert in Yazd, and on the ancient Silk Road in Iran.

The building is built like a fortress and has served as an inn since the 16th century when Shah Abbas I ordered building 999 such inns to provide facilities to travelers. Most of the caravanserais were rectangular, but two of them were constructed as round fortresses. One is today only a ruin, but the second is Zein-o-din which is built on 2 floors and the material is mud shaped like bricks and plastered with straw and clay.

The sleeping area is surrounding a circular space with a raised circular platform in the middle. The roof is open to the sky and in the dark you can sit and look up at the starry sky.

Facilities and Services:

  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Coffee Shop
  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Taxi Service