Hafsa Sultan Caravanserai

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Hafsa Sultan Caravanserai
Hafsa Sultan Caravanserai is located in Turkey
Hafsa Sultan Caravanserai
Location within Turkey
General information
Typecaravanserai
Architectural styleOttoman
LocationMarmaris ilçe (district) of Muğla Province
CountryTurkey
Coordinates36°51′05″N 28°16′25″E / 36.85139°N 28.27361°E / 36.85139; 28.27361
Named forHafsa Sultan
Opened1545
Other information
Number of rooms8

Hafsa Sultan Caravanserai (Turkish: Hafsa Sultan Kervansarayı) is a 16th-century caravansarai in Marmaris ilçe (district) of Muğla Province, southwestern Turkey. It is situated to the north of the Marmaris Castle and the harbor [1] at 36°51′05″N 28°16′25″E / 36.85139°N 28.27361°E / 36.85139; 28.27361.

History[edit]

Caravanserais were medieval-age inns in the Islamic countries. Marmaris Caravanserai was commissioned by the Ottoman sultan Suleyman the Magnificent (reigned 1520–1566) during his campaign to Rhodes in 1522/23. In this campaign, the main Anatolian base of the Ottoman army was in Marmaris.[2] The building, with one big and seven small rooms,[3] was constructed to serve as headquarters.[4] Following the conquest of the island,[5] the building was transformed into a caravanserai. According to the inscription of the building, it was opened to service in 1545. It was named after Suleyman's mother Hafsa Sultan. (1479–1534)

Modern usage[edit]

Currently, the caravanserai is a private property and its rooms have been rented to touristic souvenir shops and taverns.[6] However it is planned to restore the building and transform it to a museum.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Time to stop page (in Turkish)
  2. ^ Prof.Yaşar Yücel-Prof Ali Sevim:Türkiye tarihi II, AKDTYKTTK Yayınları, 1991, pp 263
  3. ^ Marmaris Travel Guide. Historical Sites in Marmaris. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  4. ^ Traveltovisit page
  5. ^ "Ottoman Sites in Rgodes . 1522 AD – 1912 AD". Rhodes Private Tours. Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  6. ^ Beyaz gazete newspaper (in Turkish)
  7. ^ MUĞLA – Anadolu Agency (April 15, 2017). Caravanserai to become expropriated amid alcohol debate, Hürriyet Daily News. Retrieved April 17, 2017.