Word of the day – caravansary

caravansary (n.) (in the Near East) an inn, usually with a large courtyard, for the overnight accommodation of caravans

“The trial of Pietro Pacciani began on April 14, 1994. The courtroom bunker was overflowing with a public divided between those who thought him guilty and those who maintained his innocence. Girls paraded around in T-shirts that read in English, ‘I [heart] Pacciani.’ There was a veritable caravansary of photographers, filmmakers, and journalists, in the middle of which, protected and led by Chief Inspector Ruggero Perugini, was the writer Thomas Harris.”
from The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston with Mario Spezi
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