Caravanserai at Izadkhast
A large Safavid period (c.1501–1736) bridge on the right supports a group of men on horseback. They are galloping towards the entrance of a large building, known as caravanserai, which were roadside inns where travelers rested and recuperated. The building has circular towers. There are only a few caravanserais with circular buttresses in Iran, the most famous is the Zein-o-Din in Yazd, which was built during the reign of Shah Abbas I. Texier has painted two groups of men in conversation across the valley in front of the building. Lemaitre’s corresponding engraving, entitled ‘keravan-serai’, depicts the same building and bridge, along with the groups of men (Texier, pl. 89).
Literature: C. Texier, L’Arménie, la Perse et la Mésopotamie, Paris, 1842, Vol 1-2.