Sultan Han (Sultan Hani Carvanserai)

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The Sultan Han is a large 13th-century CE Seljuk caravanserai located in the town of Sultanhanı, Aksaray Province, Turkey. It is one of the three monumental caravanserais in the neighbourhood of Aksaray and is located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of Aksaray on the road to Konya.

Overview

The khan is entered at the east, through a pishtaq, a 13-m-high gate made from marble, which projects from the front wall (itself 50 meters wide). The pointed arch enclosing the gate is decorated with muqarnas corbels and a geometrically patterned plaiting.

Architecture

circa 1278 CE

Plan
Eighteenth century drawing of the Sultan Han, with the floor plan to the lower right and the mosque in the middle of the main courtyard, with the northern archway and stables. It is one of the three monumental caravanserais in the neighbourhood of Aksaray and is located about 40 km (25 mi) west of Aksaray on the road to Konya.

circa 1278 CE

Kiosk Mosque
The recently restored kiosk-style mosque inside the main courtyard of the complex, it is situated immediately after entering from the main eastern entrance. The square stone kiosk-mosque (köşk mescidi), the oldest example in Turkey, is located in the middle of the open courtyard.

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