The Seljuk Han of Anatolia 

EGRIDIR HAN


DISTRICT (IL)
32 ISPARTA

courtyard southern side aisles

Eğirdir city wall wıth incorporated spolia from the han

detail of city wall; in all certainty originally the decorative element of the main portal of the han


LOCATION
This han is located in the town on Eğridir at the southern end of the lake of the same name. It is located approximately 3 km outside of town on the Gelendost-Akşehir road, just beyond the Bone Hospital.

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OTHER NAMES

Giyaseddin Keyhsrev Han


DATE
1237-38

Due to its impressive size and similarity in plan to the Sultan Hans of Aksaray and Kayseri, this han has traditionally been considered to be a royal commission, most likely by Alaeddin Keykubad I and finished by his son Giyaseddin Keyhsrev II. There is, however, no definite proof of this, as the inscription plaque has been lost.
 

PATRON

Giyaseddin Keyhsrev II
 

BUILDING TYPE

Covered with courtyard (COC)
Covered section smaller than the courtyard
Covered section with a middle aisle and 2 rows of aisles on each side
7 bays of vaults in covered section

1 arcade of open vaults on the southern side of the courtyard
 

DESCRIPTION
The han faces west towards Lake Eğirdir. It is the last han on the Konya-Eğirdir route, which then linked down to Antalya and the coast.

Although the han is now in ruins, the plan can be determined. It consists of a large courtyard with a single row of 7 open cells to the southern side. The hall is smaller than the courtyard, and comprises 3 aisles covered by pointed arches, with an oculus located at the middle. There are 6 corner towers and 14 side towers.

 

The two portals have been lost, but decorative stones from them have been incorporated into the city walls of the city, next to the Dndar Bey Medrese. 


DECORATION

The han has been pillaged for many years for other building projects. Some 25 stone fragments from it have been used in the city walls next to the Dndar Bey Medrese. If the spolia from this han now incorporated into the city walls is any indication, the portal of the han must have included many decorative elements such as trelliswork, blossoms, arabesques, polygons and braids.

DIMENSIONS
Total area: 1,640 m2
Area of hall: 1,290m2
Area of courtyard: 1,640m2
This is a very large han, with a size comparable with the Sultan Hans of Kayseri and Aksaray. When built, it would have been the third largest han in Anatolia.


STATE OF CONSERVATION, CURRENT USAGE
The han is in a ruined state. A major archeological survey and excavation led by the Isparta Museum, begun in 2006, is ongoing.


 

BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES

Acun, pp. 236-253 (includes extensive bibliography in Turkish); 494.

Erdmann, pp. 125-6, no. 33.
Karpuz, Kuş, Dıvarcı and Şiek (2008), vol. 1, pp. 374-5.

Rice, p. 206.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sign for current research project

 

general overview of the excavation and collapsed covered section to rear

general overview of the excavation with collapsed covered section

overview of city wall next to the Dndar Bey Medrese, with reuse spolia from the han

View of Lake Eğirdir from the han




 

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