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HAN-EL BA’RUR

200 DSC09668Twenty-five km east of Harran lie the remains of the Han-el Ba’rür caravanserai built on the Baghdad road in 1219 to accommodate passing traders and their animals. It was destroyed during the Mongol invasion of the 13th century. 

Although its entrance has been rather pointlessly rebuilt the erstwhile “hotel” rooms surrounding the central courtyard have been left in ruins.

Unlike the great Selçuk caravanserais of central Anatolia, this particular model is conspicuous mainly for its austerity, although the pointed arches of the collapsed porticoes look pleasingly Gothic.

Across the road are slight remains of further structures including a well and cistern. You’ll probably find locals including older women with heavily tattooed hands and faces sheltering in the doorway and happy to share a glass of tea with you. 200 DSC09670

Transport info

There is no public transport to get you here. Without your own car you will need to organise a tour in Şanlıurfa.

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