The Seljuk Han

of Anatolia

The Seljuk Empire, an exceptional period of politics, commerce and art, flourished from the 11-13th centuries in Turkey.  The short but golden era was  situated between the Crusades and the Mongol invasions, and was led by the Seljuk Sultans from their capital at Konya.  The Seljuk Period (1071-1306) is especially famous for its architecture and decorative arts.

 

Some of the most outstanding architectural works of the Seljuk Period are caravansarais.  More commonly called by their Turkish name, "hans", these buildings were used as trading posts and overnight inns. They facilitated trade and were responsible in part for the prosperity of this glorious period of Turkish history. There are approximately 100 still standing, and they represent some of the most impressive constructions in the entire history of Islamic architecture.  This website is dedicated to this distinctive set of buildings.