An exceptional period of politics, commerce and art flourished from the 11-13th centuries in Turkey.  This short but golden era, situated between the Crusades and the Mongol invasions, was led by the Seljuk Sultans from their capital at Konya.  The Seljuk Period is especially famous for its architecture and decorative arts.

 

Outstanding among the architectural works of the Seljuk Period are caravansarays.  More commonly called "hans", these buildings were used as trading posts and overnight inns. They facilitated trade and were responsible in part for the prosperity of this glorious period of Turkish history. Comprising a group of approximately 100 structures, they represent some of the most impressive architectural constructions in the entire history of Islamic architecture.  This website is dedicated to this distinctive set of buildings.