The Seljuk Han of Anatolia
AK (AKSARAY) HAN
Karpuz, Anadolu Selçuklu Eserleri (2008) v.1, p. 68
Bilici, vol. 1, p. 85
The Ak (Aksaray) Han is located on the Konya-Aksaray road in the village of Yenikent (Akhan Amaret exit), 22 miles south of Aksaray. The road passed from the bridge in front of the Oresin Han and continued on to Aksaray. The road went west from Aksaray and the first stop on this road was the Ak Han, now of which only a small wall section remains.
It had the covered section and open courtyard plan. It was recorded in the 1950's by Ozergin that the courtyard measured 30 x 30m, the covered section 25 x 25m. Erdmann believed that this is the han referred to Ibni Bibi as the Kiliçarslan Han. Next to the han was a cistern. It is believed that the han was built during the time of Sultan Giyaseddin Keyhüsrev (1237-46).
STATE OF CONSERVATION, CURRENT USE
The han is now in ruins. Remains of only one wall, 4 m high, can be seen.
Bell, G. Gertrude Bell Archives, 2014. www.gerty.nlc.ac.uk, photo File I-193-4.
Bilici, Z. Kenan. Anadolu Selçuklu Çaği Mirası. Mimarı = Heritage of Anatolian Seljuk Era. Architecture. 3 vols. Ankara: Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Cumhurbaşkanlığı: Selçuklu Belediyesi, 2016, vol. 1, pp. 85.
Görür, Muhammet. Anadolu Selçuklu Dönemi Kervansaraylari Kataloğu. Acun, H. Anadolu Selçuklu Dönemi Kervansaraylari. Ankara: Kültür ve Turizm Bakanliği, 2007, p. 476.
Karpuz, Haşim, Kuş, A., Dıvarcı, I. and Şimşek, F. Anadolu Selçuklu Eserleri, 2008, v.1, p. 68.
Konyalı, İ. H. Abideleri ve Kitabeleriyle Niğde Aksaray Tarihi I, Istanbul, 1974.
Özergin, M. Kemal. Anadoluda Selçuklu Kervansarayları, Tarih Dergisi, XV/20, 1965, pp. 144, n. 3.
Photo taken by Gertrude Bell in 1907 (I-193)
Photo taken by Gertrude Bell in 1907 (I-194)
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