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It was built by King Constantin Mavrocordat in 1739-1740: a square building with small shops all around. These shops could only be used by foreign merchants, during their business in Bucharest. Later on it became the preferred place for merchants coming from Gabrovo (nowadays Bulgaria), hence its name. The caravanserai reached its glory between 1825 and 1850, when it was one of the most important inns in the city, hosting famous merchants and their products. It burnt down a few times, but it was always restored, and after 1900 it was turned in "Gabroveni-Universal Hotel". Nowadays it is a ruin and, despite the promise the City Hall made, to turn it into a Cultural Centre of Bucharest, nothing happens. On Gabroveni Street side, part of the panels covering the building are full of grafitti. Only hardly can one still notice the once great wood carved gates or even the architectural design. One can see it from both sides, from Lipscani Street (close to its crossing with Bratianu Avenue), or from Gabroveni Street (near its crossing with Pasajul Francez, across the street from Hanul Hangitei Restaurant).
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