The Seljuk Han of Anatolia
Inscription plaque (kitabesi) over main portal
Cells in main courtyard
Portal leading to the covered section
The han is located 30 km east of Boyabat on the Vezirköprü Road, at the spot where the Gök Irmak and the Kızıl Irmak Rivers meet in the village of Durak.
Pervane Süleyman Hanı
Giyaseddin Keyhüsrev III (dated by inscription)
The courtyard portal has an inscription of 7 lines which states that it was built in the time of Keyhüsrev by the Pervane Muineddin Suleyman bin Ali in 664 [H]. It also indicates the name of the architect, Gevherbaş bin Abdullah.
At this time Pervane was the virtual ruler of this part of the Sultanate of Rum (see "History" section).
Covered with open courtyard (COC)
Covered section smaller than the courtyard
Covered section with a central aisle and 1 aisle on each side running perpendicular to the back wall
5 bays of vaults
This han has a very wide courtyard in relation to the hall.
Like the Kesikköprü, Zazadin and Ağzikara Hans, this han has an excentric entrance (the two portal doors are not in the same axis as is generally the case for open courtyard and covered plan hans). The orientation of the courtyard (east) and the hall (south) is not the same, and was apparently not due to the site requirements.
The mosque was a room in the doorway passage to the right of the courtyard.
The portal and most of the hall have been entirely rebuilt. The courtyard arches
are in an atypical Anatolian shape: broken pointed arches in the Persian style.
Could Pervane have commissioned a Persian architect to build this han like he did
for the mosque at Sinop (built in 1256)?
Total external area: 1435 m2. The han is quite large in size.
Area of hall: 330m2
Area of courtyard: 925m2
STATE OF CONSERVATION, CURRENT USAGE
The han was restored starting in 1992 and was finished in 2007. It will have a commercial use.
Acun, p. 492
Altun, p. 200
Erdmann, p. 72-74, no. 20 (plan, photos)
Karpuz, Kuş, Dıvarcı and Şimşek (2008), vol. 2, p. 302
Rice, p. 206
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