Monday, December 29, 2014

Century Sultanhani Caravanserai (Between Cappadocia & Konya) - Turkey


In between the long drive the next morning from Pamukkale Thermal Pools, we had two stops. The first just 10 minutes along the road because of the excitement of seeing snow. Actually no stops are allowed at this spot, but out of goodwill, we were quickly allowed to have a little fun while taking a couple of pictures and back again into the coach to continue our journey.  

The next stop after lunch and further down between Cappadocia and Konya was the scheduled stop-over at Century Sultanhani Caravenserai  - a caravan way-station in this quiet small town somewhere along the ancient "Silk Road". Built by Turkish Sultan Alaaddin Keykubat I, between 1299 and 1236, repaired and restored numerous times in its eight centuries of existence and most recently with then past half century, Caravanserai was the place for traders travelling via this route. The exterior is still holding on strong with intricate carving and huge arches and pillars, the interior on the other hand is like a 13th century cathedral with thick walls and again, huge arches leading to the different rooms. Within the courtyard, there's a big stable for camels during winter and traders/people stayed here before making their way to Istanbul (Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Hippodrome, Bosphorus Cruise and Spice Bazaar). 










Approximately two hours at Century Sultanhani Caravanserai, we grabbed a drink and some snacks from the shops across the road and continued our journey - a day at Cappadocia. 

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15 comments:

  1. omg the food. looks so good. being a food lover as I am, I think the best part of travelling would be trying different kind of food hehe

    sincerely,
    Najlaa 'Aqilah

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  2. That's an interesting staircase. Lovely place. :)

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  3. I can imagine hw cold this place wud be.. Strangely it isnt cold in Mumbai at all... loved the food.. so yumm

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  4. amazed by the architecture of the buildings

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  5. very well narrated and beautiful clicks:)

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  6. That must have been an exciting trip in Turkey esp Silk route.

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  7. Beautiful pics...... and love each food pics..... :)

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  8. wow post nava and i missed your posts badly.now am back with blog hopping

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  9. wow...loads of unique structure. You have sharp eyes, Nava

    Happy New Year!

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  10. All those food look so yum, Turkish architecture is so beautiful. I want to visit Turkey some day.

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  11. A pictorially brilliant post. Loved all the trivia about Turkey. It's a very beautiful country and you have done pictorial justice to it.

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  12. Wish I were there too, Nava! Lovely shots! Happy 2015 to you & may you have a wonderful new year, dear! Well, I'm back in action & resuming my blog hopping now. So glad to be back blogging ^_^

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