The Seljuk Han of Anatolia
Recently restored, this small han lies on the same caravan route as the Obruk Han and displayes the Konya penchant for spolia stones.
PhotosİAhmet Kuş, Ibrahim Divarci, Feyzi Şimşek, Konyadaki Belikler Dönemi eserlerı, 2005, p. 27
The Zalmanda Han is located 25 km east of Konya on the Ankara Road, near Obruk in the Altinekin province. It is also known as the Dinek Han, Altinekin Han or the Koçkaya Han.
There is no inscription plaque, but this han probably dates from the mid 13th century or later to the Beylik period.
Covered with open courtyard (COC)
The door faces south, which is an unusual orientation. It probably had the covered section with an open courtyard plan, but the courtyard has disappeared. Only the three naves of the covered section remain.
This is a small han, with a total dimension of 380 m2 (the covered section measures 14 x 20m).
There are Byzantine spolia reuse stones in the rear wall, as well as ribbed columns on the portal door. The main portal has been covered over by rubble, and there is now an entry on the right hand side.
STATE OF CONSERVATION, CURRENT USE
This han has been recently restored.
Erdmann, Kurt. Das Anatolische Karavansaray des 13. Jahrhunderts, 1961, pp. 154-56 no. 43.
Kuş, A. & Dıvarcı, I. & Şimşek, F. Konya ve ilçelerindeki Selçuklu Eserleri, 2005, p. 27.
Özergin, M. Kemal. Anadoluda Selçuklu Kervansarayları, Tarih Dergisi, XV/20, 1965, p. 164, n. 129.
plan drawn by Erdmann
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