The Seljuk Han of Anatolia
DIBI-DELIK (Hoca Cihan) HAN
han after completion of restoration project, February 2010
photo of the han in 2007 before restoration
(photo courtesy of Serdar Ceylan)
This han is located in the old Seljuk-era neighborhood of Selçuklu hear the Meram Faculty of the School of Medicine of the Selçuk University, about 5 miles from the center of Konya.
Hocacihan or Akyokuş Han
1200-1210 or the Beylik period (late 13th)
The inscription plaque has been lost.
The dating of this han is problematic. Its simple form, location next to several other monuments of the early Seljuk periods han, and position on the string of hans build on the Konya-Beysehir road argues for an early date (1200-1210). Prof. Dr. Hasim Karpuz believes that it was built during the Beylik Period. Its differences in style, construction techniques and decoration posit for a later dating, much like two other hans in the Konya region, the Zalmanda and the Zivarik.
Probably Giyaseddin Keyhüsrev I
Covered open courtyard (COC)
Covered section and courtyard of the same width
Covered section with a central aisle and 1 aisle on each side running perpendicular to the back wall
5 bays of vaults parallel to the back wall
This han was probably built as a part of the Beyşehir Road chain of hans at the same time as the others. Due to its small size, location and plan type, an early 13th date is probable. Originally it was most certainly of the open courtyard + covered hall plan, but the front courtyard has now been destroyed. A part of the covered vault remains on the northern side, as well as column supports on the northern and eastern sides. Nearby is a historic Seljuk cistern, the Divler Sarnici.
This han faces southeast towards Konya, and lies perpendicular to the road.
There is no decoration on this han.
This is not a particularly large han: the 2-aisled covered section measures approximately 20m wide by 34m long.
STATE OF CONSERVATION, CURRENT USAGE
This han was in a very ruined state, but a restoration project was undertaken in 2008, and was completed in the spring of 2010. For an article on the restored han on the City of Konya website, click here (In Turkish, photos included):
The author would like to thank the noted Konya photographers Ahmet Kuş, Ibrahim Dıvarcı and Feyzi Şimşek (see bibliography) for their guided tour of this han in August, 2007.
Acun, p. 475
Baş, Dr. Ali. "Konya-Beysehir-Derebucak Kervanyolu" in Konya Kitabı X, Konya Ticaret Odası, 2007, p. 129-142
Karpuz, Kuş, Dıvarcı and Şimşek (2008), vol. 2, p. 88.
Kuş, Selçuklu, p. 126; Divler well on p. 130
Covered section top; courtyard plan bottom. (Plans courtesy of Dr. Ali Baş)
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