The Seljuk Han of Anatolia

BASAKPINAR (ISPILE) HAN

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DISTRICT
38 KAYSERI

 

DESCRIPTION
The han is located 17 km from Kayseri on the Tomarza Road, to the northeast of the village of Başakpinar. It is located in the middle of a field. The majority of the walls of the han have collapsed.

 

It is dated to the 13th century. As it is located on the same road as the Kayseri Sultan Han, this han  is considered a relay station, perhaps for mail and diplomatic messages.

 

Due to the current ruined state of the han, it is not possible to determine if it originally had an inscription plaque. It is believed that it had the covered section with an open courtyard plan, but again, the current state of the ruins make the determination of the exact plan problematic. The walls of the ruins measure approximately 18 x 49m. It is believed that the entry to the han was from the north. There are two small rooms at what is believed to be the entrance to the covered section.

The construction was of rubble faced with finely-cut blocks of limestone. Some stones were found which were decorated with acanthus leaves and other vegetal motifs, which were perhaps a part of a crown portal. These stones are similar to examples from the Kayseri Sultan Han.

 

 

BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES

 

Kayseri Taşinmaz Kltr Varlikari Envanteri. 3 vols. Yildiz zbek and Celil Arslan, editors. Kayseri, 2008, pp. 1169-1170.


 

I would like to thank Mehmet Cayirdağ for his guided tour of this han in August, 2009. 

 

 

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