Karatay Han caravanserai

Event or Heritage: 
Karatay Han is among the most beautiful Seljuk Turkish caravanserais and a major stopping-point along the ancient Silk Road. It is located 50 km east of Kayseri province, Turkey, on the Pinarbasi-Malatya Highway past Elbaşi in the village of Karadayi. The construction of the Karatay han started during the reign of Alaeddin Keykubad and was completed during that of his son, Gıyaseddin Keyhüsrev, in 1240/1241. The han was named after its patron, the vizier Celaleddin Karatay. According to the Foundation Deed of the Karatay Han, which is dated 1247-48 and has been preserved intact to this day, services were provided by the han to visitors, such as food and drink (1 kg of bread and 250 grams of meat per day), soap to wash, medicines, provision for the repair or replacement of shoes, shoeing of animals, firewood for heat and candles and oil for light…all for free. The Karatay Han is a major Silk Road tourism attraction that reminds us of the time when the world was much larger, and travel much more difficult and adventurous, than it is today.
Type of heritage: 
Tangible (monuments, buildings, architecture, landscapes)
Silk road connection: 
Caravanserai along the Silk Road
Name of the Organization: 
Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey
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Karatay Han caravanserai 38° 38' 38.6736" N, 35° 56' 6.8964" E