Sultan Han

Sultan Han

Date ca. 1236

Movement Islamic

Located at Kayseri-Sivas Road, Turkey


In Asia Minor, in order to accommodate the vast network of merchants, travelers and traders on the 5,000 mile Silk Road, sultans would create inns (hans or caravansaries)—fortified structures that contained stables, mosques, kitchens and resting places. The Sultan Han was the largest and most beautiful, and was constructed by local and Syrian stone carvers under Sultan Alaeddin Kehkubad.