Incir Han: a peek behind closed doors on the Seljuk caravan road

Incir Han is a bit of forbidden fruit. Why? Because – most of the time – you will reach a dead-end at the locked doors of this unrestored caravanserai tucked away in the countryside, just outside the town of Bucak. Does this mean you shouldn’t visit? Not at all. We already mentioned in our post about nearby Susuz Han that the D650 main road between Antalya and Burdur largely overlaps with an old caravan road connecting the Seljuk caravanserais. Incir Han is another stop along that same route. Visiting this caravanserai requires only a small detour if you find yourself on the D650, and even if you can’t get inside, its exterior alone is worth seeing.

Incir Han Lies Almost Entirely Below The Current Street Level

Incir Han Lies Almost Entirely Below The Current Street Level

Incir Han or Fig Tree Han – dated 1238-39

Like Susuz Han, Incir Han is a Sultan Han, which means that this caravanserai was commissioned directly by a Sultan; in this case, the same Sultan who ordered Susuz Han, Giyaseddin Keyhüsrev II. The inscription on the crown door mentions both the name of the Sultan who donated this Han, as well as the date of its construction. Incir Han was built in 1238 – 1239 just before Susuz Han, and it probably got its name from the fig trees in the area. (Incir means fig in Turkish)

The Well Preserved Inscription On The Crown Door At Incir Han

The Well Preserved Inscription On The Crown Door At Incir Han

Today, unlike Susuz Han, Incir Han remains unrestored, and – for most tourists – unknown. Still, there are many similarities between the two Hans, except that Incir Han doesn’t have a square shape, but a rectangular one, with a large courtyard in front of it. The courtyard is completely ruined, but the Han is relatively well-preserved.

Click here to read more about Susuz Han and the history of caravanserais on Seljuk trade routes.

An Almost Cathedral Like Feel At Incir Han

An Almost Cathedral Like Feel At Incir Han

When Architecture Blows You Off Your Feet

When Architecture Blows You Off Your Feet

Incir Han’s covered section has a central nave with two side naves and seven aisles. The light was let in via the slit windows, some of which are still untouched today. Barrel vaults support the whole covered section. Today, with parts of the roof collapsed, the interior has a cathedral-like feel to it, especially since it is a lot less dark than it must have been when this Han was still in use. Researchers concluded that, just like Susuz Han, Incir Han had loading platforms in the covered section.

A Dramatic Perspective Of The Arches

A Dramatic Perspective Of The Arches

Inside, The Arches Are Well Preserved, And The Walls Are Filled With Graffiti

Inside, The Arches Are Well Preserved, And The Walls Are Filled With Graffiti

The lion and the rising sun

The portal and crown door at Incir Han are elaborately decorated, but two symbols truly stand out. On each side of the portal, you’ll notice two lions with a rising sun with a human face. This motif is known as şir-i hurşid, and it was also depicted on the coins during Giyaseddin Keyhüsrev II’s reign. Because the Sultan was also the one who donated the Han, the presence of the lions here is seen as a royal symbol that originated from a real symbol of power.

Click here to see a photo of the same symbol on the coins.

The Lion Is Pretty Damaged, But You Can Still See The Sun's Eyes

The Lion Is Pretty Damaged, But You Can Still See The Sun’s Eyes

If This Doesn't Impress You...

If This Doesn’t Impress You…

Final thoughts on Incir Han

Dating back to the prosperous times of the Anatolian trade routes, Incir Han offered shelter to merchants and their animals free of charge for up to three days. Just before reaching the caravanserai, on the opposite side of the street, you’ll notice a fountain that was part of a hammam complex which was built at a later stage. This caravanserai isn’t a destination on its own, but if you happen to find yourself in the area, it is worth the small detour if only to admire its magnificent portal. And, if in the meantime you manage to unravel the mystery of the field full of blue painted trees next to the Han, let us know.

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As we mentioned, you will most likely find yourself facing locked doors at Incir Han. Don’t let this keep you from visiting, the Han is worth seeing, even if only from the outside.

Here are some reviews on TripAdvisor from other travelers who visited this caravanserai. Feel free to ask, if you have questions. You can send us a message through our contact page, or join our closed Facebook group where other Turkey travelers and aficionados are ready and eager to help.

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Visit other places in the area such as Susuz Han, Kremna, or Ariassos.

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We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

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Incir Han is well signposted from the main Antalya – Burdur road. In case you’re using public transport, you’ll have to walk the 3 km from Bucak, a leisurely walk in the Anatolian countryside.

When searching for flights, we like to use Skyscanner. It’s easy to use, and reliable. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country here.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

As we mentioned, you will most likely find yourself facing locked doors at Incir Han. Don’t let this keep you from visiting, the Han is worth seeing, even if only from the outside.

Here are some reviews on TripAdvisor from other travelers who visited this caravanserai. Feel free to ask, if you have questions. You can send us a message through our contact page, or join our closed Facebook group where other Turkey travelers and aficionados are ready and eager to help.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

Visit other places in the area such as Susuz Han, Kremna, or Ariassos.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

Incir Han is well signposted from the main Antalya – Burdur road. In case you’re using public transport, you’ll have to walk the 3 km from Bucak, a leisurely walk in the Anatolian countryside.

When searching for flights, we like to use Skyscanner. It’s easy to use, and reliable. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country here.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

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Incir Han: a peek behind closed doors on the Seljuk caravan road