The Seljuk Han of Anatolia

ZIVARIK HAN


A small, recently restored Konya han with an interesting portal decorated with geometric motifs in square frames.

 

photoİAhmet Kuş, Ibrahim Divarci, Feyzi Şimşek,  Konya’daki Belikler Dönemi  eserlerı, 2005, p. 21

DISTRICT
42 KONYA
 

LOCATION
The Zivarek Han is located 8 km to the right of the Konya-Ankara Road in the middle of the town of Zivarik in the Altinekin region.

 

DATE
Because this han has been extensively rebuilt over the years, it is hard to determine if it is Seljuk, Beylik or Ottoman.

 

BUILDING TYPE

Covered section; no courtyard (C)

 

DESCRIPTION
It is a covered han with no courtyard, 725m2. There was originally a well in the middle of the han.

The portal contains many interesting spolia stones with geometric patterns. 

 

DIMENSIONS
Area of courtyard: 725m2
 

STATE OF CONSERVATION, CURRENT USAGE

The han has recently been restored.
 

BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES

Eravşar, O. “Spolia in Seljuk Buildings.” in SOMA 2014: Proceedings of the 18th Symposium on Mediterranean Archaeology. Wroclaw, 2014, pp. 167-182.

Erdmann, Kurt. Das Anatolische Karavansaray des 13. Jahrhunderts, 1961, p. 169-70, no. 52.

Hillenbrand, R. Islamic Architecture: Form, function and meaning, 1994, p. 553 fig 6.58.

Kuş, A. & Dıvarcı, I. &  Şimşek, F. Konya ve ilçelerindeki Selçuklu Eserleri, 2005, p. 21.

Sterrett, J. R. Sitlington. The Wolfe Expedition to Asia Minor during the Summer of 1885. Boston: Archaeological Institute of America, 1888.

 

 

photo taken in 1884 by J. H. Haynes during the Wolfe Expedition to Asia Minor

(Photographs of Asia Minor, #4776. Division of Rare Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library)

 

 

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