Sarabi historical (heritage) hotel of Shushtar, the most ancient heritage hotel in southwest of Iran, is here.
Today, Sarabi hotel is a 210 years old building located in the middle of the city (global water museum; local name: Ab-Jahan museum) and represents an extract of Iranian incomparable and unique art; this building, furthermore, is one the historical monuments remained from Qajar era in Shushtar city. Its architecture is a combination of Iranian and Islamic art.
Owner of the monument:
The first owner of this monument was Haj Mohammad Ali Namaki of well-known families in Shushtar who was the owner of the first hydroelectric power plant in Khuzestan province and the second hydroelectric power plant in Iran as well. Thereafter, Baghalpoor family, famous merchants of the time, purchased the old building. After his death one of the grandchildren repaired it and the building started its activity as the first historical or heritage hotel in the southwest of the country. With 210 years of age, it dates back to the Qajar era; it was repaired and equipped in the early 1392 and regained its life and glory inside the old texture of the city (Abdolah Banoo area) and overlooks Shushtar historical Mills and Waterfalls. The house has 17 rooms, 15 of them are serviceable to guests.
The material used in the construction of this building includes stones, bricks and clay bricks. The forms of ceilings are arches and vaults.
The outside decorations of the building comprise of stone façade and glorious brickwork (bricklaying); inside decorations of the building include stuccos in the rooms and porches, also brick columns and column heads. The building itself contains yard, pool, garden, 3 porches and sleeping place in spring, 17 rooms, 4 floors basement (local name: Shavadan or Shabestan), hydro-structure inside the basement, underground access ways (local name: Koore-rah, i.e. pathways used during imposed war with Iraq for commuting between houses and important centers of the city and also avoiding hot summer), café in Shavadan and Shabestan, museum in the yard porch also museum in the fourth floor which goes back to Achaemenid era. There is a dark brown door with two separated doorknockers (local name: kolon) for men and women, and two seats on its both sides for elders to sit and rest while passing the alley. These are all the specifications that associate a house with architecture of Iran and Shushtar.
Unfortunately the octagonal space (when a person stands in front of the door of the house, s/he faces with an octagonal space that has no view to the yard; with this special architecture strangers cannot see the inside of the house) had been ruined about 20 years ago and there is no traces of it. Reconstruction of this space is due in the future plans of the owners.
In fact, while settling down in Sarabi traditional Hotel, each visitor and tourist will imagine that the architect, through building such a magnificent monument, creates a splendid and artistic scenery of Iranian architecture for the residents in vicinity of the historical hydro-structures of Shushtar.
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Shabestan and Shavadan basement :
Shabestan is placed on the upper level than Shavadan and today it is used to store extra home utensils. Shavadan, on the other hand, is located in the lower depth. Certain Shavadans have tens of stairs and are 20 degrees cooler in summer and this condition is the opposite in the winter.
Shavadans in Shushtar are dug in rocks (local name Kamar). In the past, Shavadans of different houses were connected to each other. Shoteit River (local name for the bigger branch of Karun in Shoshtar) flowed in Shavadans through a canal or there were wells in them thus water was available at homes during war. Moreover, for air ventilation and having sun light in the Shavadans there are holes in the walls of yards and ceilings. Since people did not have fridge in the past, they hung a basket from one of the holes of Shavadan in the yard in order to keep foodstuffs.
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