Caravansaries are historic centers
for trade and handicraft
still existing in today's Istanbul.
They were built by the
most famous architects at the time,
when the city became the metropole
of the Osman empire.
Nowadays they are still used by
traditional craftsmen, but they slowly
fall to pieces and are planned to be restored
only to be an artificial set for tourism.
Report commissioned by Credit Suisse Bulletin.