Selim (Sulema) pass and Caravanserai. From the days of Marco Polo and the Silk Road (from China to Europe) Medieval Armenia was a major thoroughfare for merchants, traders, and explorers alike. Weary travelers would look forward for a rest at one of many inns or caravansaries along the way. The Selim Caravanserai constructed in 1332 and situated in the Selim (Sulema) mountain pass on the border of Gegharkunik is one of the best preserved. The Caravanserai lies below the road just before the summit on the south side of Selim Pass (2410 m), a splendid relic of the days when an international trade route connected Vayots Dzor to the Sevan Lake and northern points. According to the Armenian inscription inside the entrance, Prince Chesar Orbelian and his brothers built this rest-house in 1332.
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