The Seljuk Han of Anatolia
Overview of Seljuk bridge and han
Main portal with inscription plaque (kitabesi)
Cells in covered section
Remains of a Seljuk bridge nearby
The Dokuzun Han is located on the Akşehir-Konya Road, 18 miles north from Konya, on the left, in the town of Dokuzun.
1210 (dated by the inscription)
Giyaseddin Keyhüsrev I
An inscription plaque of 5 lines in 3 pieces of stone over the hall door states that it was “Built in 1210 during the reign of Giyaseddin Keyhürev I on the orders of Haci Ibrahim” and goes on to give the name of the architect, Haci Osman ibn Abderahman.
Built as a charitable foundation supported by the Emir-ı İğdişan Hacı ben Ebu Bekr, a private patron.
Covered section with an open courtyard (COC)
Covered section and courtyard of the same width
Covered section with 3 naves, perpendicular to the rear wall
5 lines of support cross vaults parallel to the rear wall
The han faces north. The han lies parallel to the road, set among stunning countryside, with the door facing Konya.
The courtyard section in front has almost completely disappeared.
This han is interesting because of its inscription, which gives names of both the patron and architect.
This han is totally void of decoration. There is a tandir oven in one of the rooms.
Total area: 700m2
Area of hall: 290m2
Area of courtyard: 315m2
The han is located next to what appears to be a Seljuk Bridge.
STATE OF CONSERVATION, CURRENT USAGE
The han has been restored and repaired in the 1990s and is now in use as a
café (with a regrettable sign advertising a famous
mark of beer over the door).
Acun, p. 490.
Bektaş, pp. 84-85 (pre-restoration photos).
Erdmann, pp. 36-19, no. 4.
Hillenbrand, fig. 6.63, p. 553.
Karpuz, Kuş, Dıvarcı and Şimşek (2008), vol. 2, p. 82.
Kuş Selçuklu, pp. 185-186.
Rice, p. 206.
Yavuz (1997), p. 95 footnote 39.
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