from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An inn or hostel for pilgrims in Turkey.
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- n. An Ottoman soup kitchen built between the fourteenth and nineteenth centuries, often part of a larger complex or waqf.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A lodging house for Mohammedan pilgrims.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of hospice or hostelry for the free accommodation of Mohammedan pilgrims and other travelers in the Turkish empire.
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- n. a hostel for pilgrims in Turkey
Kavala also has a beautiful "imaret" - a type of charity association built during the Ottoman period.
The remarkable church of this monastery still exists as a mosque, and is known as Eski imaret Mahallasse.
His wife, Anna Missran, is a Greek woman who played an important role in restoring the imaret, working hard to refurbish the imaret and turn the structure into a charming hotel with the support of the Egyptian government, which now owns the facility.
Found on the peninsula containing Kavala's old city, "[T.e imaret] was used both for charitable acts and later also as a possible base for supporting troops passing through," said Michael Lychounas, Kavala's archeologist and head of the Institute Mohamed Ali for the Research of Eastern T.adition, or I.M.A.R.E.T. After being used for welfare - and education-educated activities, Kavala's imaret gradually fell into disrepair.
More than that, Lychounas said, "It is a new conception of a hotel; the imaret has not renounced its cultural soul as it was saved from ruin."
"I couldn't bear the idea of the imaret being destroyed.