Published on : Thursday, May 28, 2020
Under the guidance of Konya’s central Karatay District Municipality, the 800-year-old Obruk Han (inn) will be restored. It was built by the Seljuk Sultan Alaeddin Keykubad
It is a Seljuk period caravanserai and the Kızören Obruğu positioned right next to the inn, will join Turkey’s tourism attractions with the completion of the restoration and environmental works carried out by Karatay Municipality.
The builder and architect of Obruk Han are unknown and is regarded by historians as an Anatolian Seljuk structure dated to the first half of the 13th century.
It is positioned within 30 to 40 kilometers (18.64 to 24.85 miles) of other settlements, a characteristic feature of the Seljuk caravanserais allowing for a nine-hour trip, the Obruk Han takes its name from the Kızören Obruğu next to it.
After examining the ongoing works at the Obruk Han Karatay Mayor Hasan Kılca received information from authorities about activities carried out in the region and stressed that following the ongoing restoration works, the region will become an important new tourism center.
Kılca mentioned that the Obruk Han and Kızören Obruğu, located on the historical Silk Road, make the region extremely important.
He went on saying that there are valuable artifacts in each corner of Konya, which served as the capital of the Seljuks. On this route, where history and natural beauty meet, there are many caravanserais from Zazadin Han to Sultanhanı. While this route is critical for inn tourism, Obruk Han stands out as one of these significant works.
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