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Sultan Han

Sultanhanı is 42 km west of Aksaray, 110 km east of Konya.

On the barren Anatolian plain, this wonderful caravanserai, the largest in Anatolia, must have been a welcome stop for merchants and travellers on the Silk Road between Konya and Aksara. With plain walls and a highly elaborate portal, it was built between 1229 and 1236, for Sultan Alaettin Keykubad I. Since then the town of Sulyanhanı has grown up around it. There is a small mosque in its central courtyard, and its huge hall, with nave and side aisles, is a striking image in the photographs captured by John Henry Haynes in 1884. It has been much restored since then.

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