Sa’d Al-Saltaneh Caravanserai | Old Persia’s best Caravanserai

Sa'd Al-Saltaneh Caravanserai

Sa’d Al-Saltaneh Caravanserai | Photo by: Hossein Mirkamali


A very outstanding piece of Persian architecture is Sa’d Al-Saltaneh Caravanserai, located in the heart of Qazvin city and is still used as a Bazaar. Qazvin is a city 150 km away from Tehran. Sa’d Al-Saltaneh Caravanserai was built under the order of a Qajar ruler about 120 years ago. They built the Saray for hosting Turkish and Russian merchants of the time who would come for international trades.

The architecture Sa’d Al-Saltaneh

With an area of 6.2 hectars, Sa’d Al-Saltaneh is the largest indoor Caravanserai in Iran. Its galleried structure includes elaborately decorated chambers. The most significant section is the Chahar Souk Bazaar which is formed by two decussations of rows of chambers, and capped with a tiled dome. The dome is surrounded by four semi-domes (half-domes) with skylights and Rasmi Bandi. The architecture is introvert and has a brick texture. Visitors enjoy looking at the galleried halls crossing each other and old brick arches and grandiose chambers and Hashtis. There you can also see 7 courtyards. One is Negar Al-Saltaneh with 2 chambers and 2 large stock rooms and the other one is Sa’dieh with an old bath and 10 chambers.
The building of Sa’d Al-Saltaneh Caeavanserai has been renovated in most parts recently and is being used by people who are in the market of handcrafts and also traditional cafes and restaurants.

The best time to visit

Qazvin is located on the southern skirts of Alborz Chains and close to Tehran. Winters are cold and long and Summers are mild and almost cool; however, the best time to visit is Spring, for you can also enjoy the amazing nature of plains and green hills there.

Other places to visit

Sepah street, the first formal street in Iran, formed during Safavid Dynasty (that is when Qazvin was the capital of Iran), Qajar Bath which is used as the Anthropology Museum, Cantor Church built during the Second World War, old water reservoirs, Jame Mosque, Alamut Castle and many other outstanding monuments can keep you entertained. So we advise you to plan a three-day trip to be able to enjoy most of them.


From Tehran to Qazvin which takes almost 2 hours, you can take either a bus or go in a car. Within the city, the most common way is shared taxis but there are also buses that you can use.

* Written by Fereshteh Shokouhi.


Official Website: N/A Entrance fee: Free
Wikipedia: Click here Name(s) in Persian:سرای سعد السلطنه
UNESCO Website: N/A Public transportation availability: Yes
Province: QazvinAccommodation availability: Yes
Phone: N/A Facilities: Yes
Working days: All days Restaurant & Cafe availability: Yes
Opening hours: 9:00 AM-9:00 PMBest time to visit: Spring and Summer

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