Travel to Turkey 8: Caravansary

    main gate     


< 1. main gate >


I introduce the ruins of the caravansary today.



 central tower in the courtyard surrounded by a castle wall 

< 2. central tower in the courtyard surrounded by a castle wall >


The building is in SultanHan located between Konya and Cappadocia.

Such caravansary was built in Anatolia plentifully from about the tenth century.

The caravansary was built in the trade route every approximately 40km.

In those days, the merchants put all loads on horse or donkey, etc., formed a party, and traded between distant places.

In order to encourage trade and to protect the merchants’ party from robbers or thefts, the dynasty made the caravansary like fort and placed security force.

Furthermore, offering of a meal and taking care of the animals were performed to the sojourner for nothing.









Upper fig.: inside of main gate.  Lower fig.:  entrance of room.

< 3. Upper fig.: inside of main gate. Lower fig.: entrance of room.>


 a view from roof of the central tower 

< 4. a view from roof of the central tower >


The history of this trade route is even older.

The trade route via here linked the Central Asia from the Aegean Sea (close to Ephesus) about the third century B.C. and would have conveyed Hellenism culture.

Furthermore, King Darius of Persia built the highway that reached the Aegean Sea (close to Ephesus) from Iran (Susa) in the 5th century B.C. (this route are a little different from it).

This was able to travel through 2,700 km in seven days.







.  a corridor of courtyard, and old farm implements  

< 5. a corridor of courtyard, and old farm implements > 


I seem to hear the neigh of animals and the chat of suntanned merchants of ancient times.

The goods in trade from Rome and Greece might have arrived to China through here, and furthermore to Japan.





 .  beautiful pattern, skillful skylight

< 6. beautiful pattern, skillful skylight >


 .  frontal view

< 7. frontal view >


 a souvenir shop

< 8. a souvenir shop    >


 .  mountains covered with snow, agriculture scenery in the dry field 

< 9. mountains covered with snow, agriculture scenery in the dry field >


Unlike the ruins of a royal palace, although there was not a feeling of gorgeousness, I felt the breath of the merchants who got on in the world.

One pleasure of this trip was over.








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2 thoughts on “Travel to Turkey 8: Caravansary

  1. こんにちは(*^_^*)

    • いいですね。国内旅行も楽しいですか、海外旅行はなぜかわくわくします。残念ながら1年に1回なので・・

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