Situated on the Konya-Aksaray highway, Sultanhanı is the largest and best-preserved Seljuk caravanserai (an inn with a central courtyard for travellers in the desert regions of Asia or North Africa). It was built by Alaatin Keykubat I in 1229. After a fire, it was restored and extended in 1278 by the governor Siracettin El Hasan during the reign of Giyasettin Keyhüsrev. After this extension it became the largest caravanserai in Turkey. According to the inscription on the portal, the architect of the caravanserai is Muhammed Bin Havlan El Dimaski.
It consists of two sections, an open and an enclosed one. The large, central, open courtyard was used during the Summer months, while the enclosed one was used during the Winter. The caravanserai is entered from a magnificent portal facing East. Besides this grand portal which leads into the open courtyard, there si a more modest entry that leads into the covered section.
The 50 metre frontage of the edifice presents a magnificent view with its portal, the watch towers and imposing walls. A small mosque built as a kiosk mescit is in the middle of the courtyard. Around the courtyard are rooms used as kitchens, dining rooms, living rooms and dormitories, as well as utility spaces like bathrooms and WCs.
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