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Spice Godowns

The impressive Mattancherry godowns run perpendicular to Bazaar Road. The open spaces between the godowns were used to dry and pack spices, from coriander to pepper to ginger. At this courtyard, the work of drying and packing ginger continues. The far end of the courtyard opens to the port.

The depth of courtyards along Bazaar Road differs greatly due to the curve of the coastline. At a shorter courtyards one can glimpse the sea through the open doors (right).

By comparison, the ensemble of godowns (below) at the south end of Bazaar Road has a deep courtyard. Once this was the scene of a bustling trade, but now the courtyard is utilized mainly for access to storage. The port can be glimpsed at the far end.

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