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Sinan The Architect :: Kervansaray / Hans

The Sehzade Kervansaray (between 1543-48) is an eight domed building with a three columned central hall and an adjacent refectory.

The Rustem Pasha Kervansaray (Kursunlu Han) (between 1544-50), in Galata, is two storeyed and has the appearance of a city inn or han, with its rooms surrounding a porticoed courtyard.

The Suleymaniye Kervansaray (1555) is situated on the basement floor cr ated below the refectory by taking advantage of the sloping ground. The ent rance is on the lower street, between the refectory and guesthouse.

The Edirne Rustem Pasha Kervansaray (1560) is a combination of city han and stopover kervansaray. The city han consists of two rows of rooms along a simple rectangular courtyard. The little prayer pavilion in the courtyard has not survived. The stopover han surrounds a trapezoid courtyard. The actual kervansaray is situated on the ground floor with the kitchen and the guest rooms on the upper floor. Some of the rooms have an interesting eyvan structure. Each han has its own entrance.

The Buyukcekmece Sultan Suleyman Kervansaray (1563-68), is a long rectangular building with three rows of wooden posts. The short sides have triangular frontals and windows. The roof consists of a double sloped wooden structure covered with roof tiles.

The Uskudar Atik Valide Kervansaray (before 1579) forms part of an integral unit with the refectory and guesthouse. It should consist of a large central dome flanked by two long columned halls, but its interior has been completely  transformed.

For other kervansarays see the Kulliye chapter.


Above text and pictures are from the book titled "Turkish Art and Architecture in Anatolia and Mimar Sinan".

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