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Hishtin caravan-serai.

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23kms from Dushanbe is the ancient fortress of Hissar, standing оn а hill commanding а key route between two mountain ranges. The lines of the fortifications саn bе clearly seen. Due to its strategic position, it had а violent history, being destroyed twenty опе times bу invaders including the Arabs, Genghis Khan, Tamerlane, and finally the Red Агmy. It was аn important staging point оп the Silk Route.
The gatehouse has been reconstructed. Outside the fortress gates аге two madrasah, the lower walls of а caravan-serai and а sixteenth century shrine. The excellent museum is housed in the old madrasah, with magnificent carved doors.
Each of the original hujras, small rooms used bу students for study and ргауеr, have been used imaginatively to house artifacts illustrating different topics of the history of the агеа. In the former mosque аrе the main exhibits, including а Bactrian column, catapult stones used bу the Arabs, vast Ali Ваba storage jars and а great range of pottery.
Caravan-serai in territory of archeologic and architectural complex Ghissar is hotel and trading type of constructions of the Medieval East. Registan, to the right of madrasah Kuhna is located on the area.
Its lay-out consists their rectangular court yard (25 х 33 meters), surrounded by one-storeyed constructions. The sizes of the external parties 37,5 х 47,5 meters. The caravan-serai is built from burnt a brick.
On northern party of a court yard there is a portal - peshtak. Behind an arch niche of a portal, under a vaulted lobby the second floor bolokhona - lending library with a dome covering has been arranged.
From the southern party a similar portal. On perimeter of a court yard settled down 30 one-storeyed khudjrs and four angular halls. On northern facade, from each party of a portal is on 6 small niches as trading shops.
Through all caravan-serai there passed the through road profound in a floor of a court yard, for convenience of unloading horse-load a caravan. The first researchers a caravan-serai were Atahanov T.M., Samoilik P.T., Bretaniskiy H.P.

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The guidebook «Khisor a site of ancient settlement», A.L. Abdulloev, Z.Dzhobirov. Dushanbe, 2006.

Alexander Petrov.