Ancient caravansary opens doors to tourism
Regarded as one of the most notable commercial checkpoints of the era, construction of the caravansary was completed in 1237 under the rule of Gıyaseddin Keyhüsrev II, a Seljuk Turk sultan, according to the historical documents.
Hikmet Çetiner, a tourism operator, told Anadolu Agency that the historical building was once "forgotten", but it was brought back to the country's cultural agenda in 2007 and now welcomes tourists following completion of its restoration.
"It is viewed as one of the most significant Seljuks artifacts in Turkey. Aiming to transform it into an important destination, we turned the caravansary into a living Seljuks museum, and opened its doors to tourism," Çetinersaid.
The visitors enjoyed authentic objects and designs reflecting the Seljuks period, he added.
İbrahim Genç, head of Konya's directorate general for foundations, said it was a source of pride for him to bring this ancient artifact into country's tourism.
"It is an important destination among the historical and touristic locations of Konya province. I hope it draws the attention it deserves," Genç added.