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Old September 27th, 2010, 08:33 PM   #1
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The Loneliest Buildings in the World!

In the south of a salt lake in the middle of one of the largest deserts in the world where absolutely no one lives, there is a beautiful historical castle: Maranjab















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Old September 27th, 2010, 08:35 PM   #2
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That looks less like a castle and more like a Caravan-serai, which would make a lot more sense.
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Old September 27th, 2010, 08:58 PM   #3
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I wouldnt call it beautiful ...
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Old September 27th, 2010, 09:42 PM   #4
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That looks less like a castle and more like a Caravan-serai, which would make a lot more sense.
Exactly my thought. These Caravan-serai are found on trade routes spaced a days camel ride away from each other. They are the predecessors of the modern truck-stop. The design is more or less standardized and they look all like the one in the picture.
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Old September 27th, 2010, 10:27 PM   #5
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That looks less like a castle and more like a Caravan-serai, which would make a lot more sense.
That is neither a castle, nor a caravanserai but both of them!! These buildings are called Ribat and were usually built by the government to protect commercial routes.
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Old September 27th, 2010, 10:32 PM   #6
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Well the structure is pretty typical of a serai - a central courtyard with living quarters all around and basic fortifications.
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Old September 27th, 2010, 11:04 PM   #7
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Well the structure is pretty typical of a serai - a central courtyard with living quarters all around and basic fortifications.
No that is a typical Persian architecture, as you yourself said in this thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=943972

Generally Islamic architecture is represented by mosques in every region. Persian architecture inherited 'Iwan' from ancient palace architecture as a square shape framing a big arch opening, inside of which is vaulted half-exterior space, and Persian mosques have four iwans facing each other around a courtyard, that is the form of 'Four Iwans.'


Plan of a "Four-iwans-type" Mosque


Friday Mosque of Varamin (Ilkhanid Period)


Ruin of an ancient Persian palace in Bishapur


A traditional house in Yazd
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Old September 28th, 2010, 12:46 AM   #8
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please, keep on discussing. It's entertaining and enlightening.
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Well there's nothing much to discuss really We could discuss the fact that a mosque seems to be missing (or did they use the courtyard for prayers?). Mughal serais in India usually have a separate mosque as part of the complex.

Also there's a spring nearby which is obviously why the spot was chosen. Must have been a godsend for thirsty, tired travelers
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Very beautiful, don't mind if it's a ribat or a caravasar
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This one is unique, Zein-o-din Ribat, a 500-year-old round castle:













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where is that?
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Dunhuang oasis - truth be told a resort has now sprung up nearby




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It's not lonely nor isolated, 5km right next to it is a town of 150,000.
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Old September 30th, 2010, 12:24 AM   #15
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where is that?
That is in the south of Yazd province in the Lut desert.

Look at this one:

A World Heritage Site: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1262 (Of course the pic shows Saint Thaddeus church, the most important and holiest Christian site in Iran)

St Stepanos Church in the northwest of the country:

















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So what sort of range are we looking at here? 1 km? 5 kms? 50 kms?
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About those ones that I posted, there isn't any other building at least 20 kilometers around them.
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Old September 30th, 2010, 12:26 PM   #18
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The largest historical dome in Iran: Imazadeh Aghaaliabbas, of course there is a small city about 10 km west of it, but this city is also alone in the middle of the desert in the center of Iran:

















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