The Seljuk Han of Anatolia

ZALMANDA HAN

 


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,  Konya’daki Belikler Dönemi  eserlerı, 2005, p. 27

DISTRICT
42 KONYA

 

LOCATION
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.

 

DATE

There is no inscription plaque, but this han probably dates from the mid 13th century or later to the Beylik period.

 

BUILDING TYPE

Covered with open courtyard (COC)

 

DESCRIPTION

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 USAGE
This han has been recently restored.

 

BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

plan drawn by Erdmann

 

 

 

 

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