The Zein-o-Din Caravanserai (زين الدين) is located in Zein-o-din, Yazd, Iran. The caravanserai dates to the 16th century and is situated on the ancient Silk Road between Bam and yazd. It is one of 999 such inns that were built during the reign of Shah Abbas I to provide facilities to silk road travelers. Of these, Zeinodin is one of two caravanserais built with circular towers. After its refurbishment, it has operated as an inn. A similarly built caravanserai near Esfahan is in ruins.This caravanserai has withstood inclement weather as it was initially well built. Its recent renovation took three years to complete, and included the use of 13,000 pumice stones to remove the grime on the interior walls. Restored to a near original state, the rooms are on a raised base and mattresses are provided on the floor, which are covered with carpets.
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