The Hole: Café Apocalypse?

By

27th Jun, 2013

One of the more challenging “ghost” photos I’ve had the pleasure of researching– and by “ghost” photo, I mean a photograph that floats around the internet, conveniently without any credit or information about the location or subject. The internet rumour was that “the hole” was originally caused by a rooftop bomb attack. As fascinating as that sounds for a backstory, it’s not the case. This extraordinary place is the Karvansaray Restaurant in the Baku old city of Azerbaijan, housed inside a 14th century caravasai, a Persian word combining ”kārvān (caravan) with sara (palace), essentially a traveler’s inn. The restaurant makes use of the open-air courtyard inside the walls of the enclosure which would have typically accommodated animals and also provided space for merchants to set up stalls and sell their goods to other traveling merchants. Even today, the space is a popular destination for travellers looking to experience the ‘local flavour’. Reviews are mixed on Trip Advisor, but if you’re ever in Azerbaijan, it’s probably worth a stop even just for a coffee in “the hole”!

More photos of the restaurant… 

Photos of Karvansaray Restaurant, Baku

Additional photo sources: 1, 2, 3

:::

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE:

.

You Might Also Like

Comments

More in Art & Design AwesomenessConversation StartersDon't Be A TouristHow to start a subcultureInspiration VaultLife is MessyOff-Beat & Little Known

Hot Off the Press

Editor's Picks

5126739968_1a75759ab9_b

The USB Sticks Hidden in Walls across the World

Five years ago, Berlin-based media artist Aram Bartholl launched a project called 'Dead Drops'. I know, I'm a little late in taking notice, but the trouble is, Adam's project is rather hard to spo...

Trending 21,572
denver13

Take a Tour of a 1964 Underground Fallout Home

I found this little gem of a photo series on my weekly fish through the LIFE archives, accompanied by just a few clues to the full story behind it. Filed under "Underground House in Denver, phot...

Trending 12,309
donuthole

Documenting the Giants of Roadside America

California native, Debra Jane Seltzer, must have the most sizeable independently-run website I've ever come across– and that's not just because it's full of the roadside giants she documents. Road...

Trending 7,413