The Seljuk Han of Anatolia
AK (AKSARAY) HAN
Karpuz, Anadolu Selçuklu Eserleri (2008) v.1, p. 68
The Ak (Aksaray) Han is located on the Konya-Aksaray road in the village of Yenikent (Akhan Amaret exit)ö 22 miles south of Aksaray.
It had the covered section and open courtyard plan. The courtyard measures 30 x 30m, the covered section 25 x 25m. Ermann believes 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 one wall, 4 m high, can be seen.
Bell, G. Gertrude Bell Archives, 2014. www.gerty.nlc.ac.uk, photo File I-193-4.
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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