This caravanserai is on the road between Aksaray and Nevşehir, and was erected by the Seldjuk Sultan Kılıçarslan II in 1192.

Alayhan is only 35 kilometers away from Aksaray, and is of crucial importance because it’s the first caravanserai built in the reign of the Seldjuk Turks. Its walls are ruined but the incredibly ornamented portal is still erect in all its splendor.

The stone-masonry of the Seldjuks seen on this portal amazes all art lovers. An interesting detail of this portal is the single-faced and double-torsoed lion figure which is believed to represent Sultan Kılıçarslan II.

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