Sultanhani

Trip Start May 20, 2008
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Trip End Sep 15, 2008


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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

6/4 We visited Sultanhani as a pit stop between Konya and Goreme. It's in the middle of Anatolian steppe with flat grasslands for mile after mile. I felt like I was in Kansas or Nebraska except for the mountains in the distance. The only reason to stop here was to visit the Sultanhani (same name as town) which is the largest han (or caravansari) in Turkey. It was built in 1229 and features a beautifully carved arch over the entrance.

It was difficult imagining this han in use with camel caravans using it as a mini-town during their journeys. On Silk Road travels the caravans would stop at a han each evening where the camels and traders could safely sleep. There were both covered and uncovered stables depending on the weather. This was an interesting peek into Turkey's past.
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