Susuz Han: a Seljuk masterpiece of exquisite stonework

Sometimes all it takes is to catch a glimpse of something to recognize it will be special. If you find yourself driving on the Antalya-Burdur road, that something special could be Susuz Han. You may be unaware of it, but today’s D650 largely overlaps with an old caravan road connecting the Seljuk caravanserais between current-day Antalya and Burdur. Almost halfway between the two cities lies Susuz, a quiet village home to Susuz Caravanserai, a place worth your time if you’re fascinated by Seljuk art and architecture. We’ll take you on a tour of the Han in this post.

Welcome To Susuz Han

Welcome To Susuz Han

Susuz Han: the testimony of a glorious past

Susuz Caravanserai, like other Hans, was founded at a time where the Anatolian trade routes brought prosperity, and the need for shelter for the tradesmen and their animals became apparent. Rich Seljuks would have resting places built beside the major trade routes, usually with a day’s travel distance between them. These caravanserais offered free lodging, food, and hay for the animals, and were a safe and sheltered place to stay. While the traveling tradesmen could enjoy these free services for up to three days, it was customary to continue their travels the next day. Today, it may take you less than an hour to have a look around Susuz Han.

The Impressive Crown Door Of Susuz Caravanserai

The Impressive Crown Door Of Susuz Caravanserai

The caravanserai at Susuz has a rectangular covered area featuring five compartments of vaults divided over a central, and two side aisles. During its heydays, it had an open courtyard in front of it, of which only a smart part of the connecting walls remain today. Typically, a Seljuk caravanserai was scarcely decorated, except for the portal which was richly ornamented with geometric patterns and designs, including the stalactite vaulting known as ‘mukarnas’. In the case of Susuz Han, these decorations also include angel figures, dragons, and lions.

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One Of The Two Niches In The Portal. It Has Angels Above It.

One Of The Two Niches In The Portal. It Has Angels Above It.

Despite The Restoration Works, Water Finds Its Way In

Despite The Restoration Works At Susuz Han, Water Finds Its Way In

A stylistic analysis revealed that the Susuz Caravanserai was most likely built during the reign of Giyaseddin Keyhüsrev II, around 1244 – 1246. All sources agree that, based on the ornamental embellishment of the crown door, the construction must have been completed somewhere during the second half of the 13th century. Inside, the covered area is illuminated by slit windows in the walls and three holes in the dome. One of the slit windows in the wall was placed under an angle, but we were unable to find a source explaining the reason for this.

Inside The Han One Slit Window Is Placed With An Angle

Inside Susuz Han, One Slit Window Is Placed With An Angle, Also Check Out The Animal Troughs

Susuz Han was repaired in 2008 during an excavation project under the supervision of the Burdur Museum directorate. Researchers found pieces of ceramic as well as coins dating back to the 13th century. Over the course of time, a tandır oven was discovered in one of the elevated sections of the covered area. These elevated sections or loading platforms were created to separate the resting places for travelers from those of the animals. At the front of the raised platform were feeding troughs for the animals.

The Nature Of The Restoration Works Seems To Indicate There Were Plans To Turn This Into A Social Venue

The Nature Of The Restoration Works Seems To Indicate There Were Plans To Turn This Into A Social Venue, Also Check Out The Tandır Oven

Beautiful Symmetry At Susuz Caravanserai

Beautiful Symmetry At Susuz Caravanserai

Final thoughts on Susuz Caravanserai

This caravanserai is without a doubt worth the small detour from the Antalya – Burdur road if you happen to drive past it. Some would debate the choices made during the restoration works, but all in all, this glorious building gives a good insight into the architecture of Seljuk caravanserais. We had no trouble going inside, as the door was open, but we’ve read reports from people finding themselves in front of a locked door. Still, the ‘crown jewel’ of Susuz Han is its portal, so don’t be too disappointed if you find the door is locked.

Door And Detail Of A Niche With Angel Figure At Susuz Caravanserai

Door And Detail Of A Niche With Angel Figure At Susuz Caravanserai

After all, unless you happen to have a particular interest in caravanserais, Susuz Han isn’t a destination on its own, but more like a fantastic road stop surprise. You could easily combine it with nearby Ariassos, for example.

The View Is Quite A Treat!

The View Is Quite A Treat!

 
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Susuz Han is a great addition to any Antalya – Burdur road trip. Of course, there are no facilities on site, and you have to hope for an open door, but don’t let this keep you from visiting.

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Susuz Han is easy to find, and less than a kilometer away from the D650 road. The caravanserai is well signposted and you can park your car nearby.

If you rely on public transport, the best thing to do would be to take any bus that goes past the village and ask the driver to drop you off at the junction to Susuz Han. It’s an short and flat walk from there.

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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.

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Susuz Han is a great addition to any Antalya – Burdur road trip. Of course, there are no facilities on site, and you have to hope for an open door, but don’t let this keep you from visiting.

If you have any questions, you can send us a message through our contact page, or leave a comment on our Facebook page.

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Make sure to plan a stop at Ariassos too. It’s almost just around the corner, and it offers some stunning views, and fascinating ruins.

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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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Susuz Han is easy to find, and less than a kilometer away from the D650 road. The caravanserai is well signposted and you can park your car nearby.

If you rely on public transport, the best thing to do would be to take any bus that goes past the village and ask the driver to drop you off at the junction to Susuz Han. It’s an short and flat walk from there.

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.

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Susuz Han: a Seljuk masterpiece of exquisite stonework