Mahperi Hatun (Pazar) Caravanserai

Mahperi Hatun (Pazar) Caravanserai

Mahperi Hatun (Pazar) Caravanserai was built on the 29th kilometer of the Tokat-Pazar road, approximately 1 kilometer from the Pazar District, on a land sloping to the northwest and southeast of the road. According to four-line inscription in courtyard and closed sections thuluth line portal, it was erected by Alaeddin Keykubad's wife and II.Gıyaseddin Keyhüsrev's mother- Mahperi Hatun in 1238.

Mahperi Hatun Caravanserai is one of the most magnificent Seljuk era caravanserais, but few people know about it and it does not see many visitors. The han was used as a caravan stop for centuries.

Mahperi Hatun (Pazar) Caravanserai

This caravanserai is well built, comprised by layers of finely cut limestone blocks. The caravanserai has the classic Seljuk plan or open courtyard with a covered section to the rear, and an external fountain set into a niche on the front wall to the left of main door which is very rare.

This caravanserai is also known for its decorative elements. when you look closely and you can see the holes carved at eye level on the corner edges of the square towers in front of the gateway, used to tether camels. The room to the left upon entering was obviously most important in this building; it served perhaps as a bank or treasury for merchants. A delicate strip of white marble littered with lotus flowers is attached above a door that leads into this area and has an intricate carving below it. The decorations of the caravanserai are centered on the main entry door, which contains lateral niches and a frame of arabesques. The decoration is simple and feminine with twisted ropes and chevrons.