El Aman Han Bitlis

We left the Malabadi Bridge for a small town of Bitlis.

Map from Diyarbakır to Van.

Map from Diyarbakır to Van.

It took about 1 hour and 30 minutes (110 km) from Malabadi Bridge to the town of Bitlis

Scenery from Malabadi Bridge to the town of Bitlis.

Scenery from Malabadi Bridge to the town of Bitlis.

Bitlis is a town in eastern Turkey and the capital of Bitlis Province. The town has a population of 46,111 inhabitants in 2012.

The town of Bitlis

The town of Bitlis

The town is located at an elevation of 1,400 metres, 15 km from Lake Van, in a narrow stream valley of the Bitlis River, in the Eastern Anatolia region.

We wandered about in the town aimlessly.

We wandered about in the town aimlessly.

There are several mosques in the town, such as the Ulu Mosque from the 12th century and the Serefiye Mosque.

Ulu Mosque and Serefiye Mosque

Ulu Mosque and Serefiye Mosque

Bitlis Castle is located at the steep slope, which is adjacent to the shopping mall in the city center. The castle was constructed in BC 312 by the order of Alexander the Great and one of his commanders Leis Bedlis had completed the structure.

Bitlis Castle

Bitlis Castle

From the Bitlis town centre, we went to northeast, the caravanserai called El Aman Han.

Arrived at the caravanserai, El Aman Han Bitlis

Arrived at the caravanserai, El Aman Han Bitlis

El Aman Caravanserai is located in Bitlis in Amble Plain, it was constructed on the Silk Road by Hüsrev Paşa in the second half of the 16th century, Ottoman architecture. Deli Hüsrev Paşa (1495 – 1544) was an Ottoman statesman from the Sanjak of Bosnia. His epithet “deli” means “crazy” in Turkish, which was ascribed to him because of his quick temper.

Turkish Inn in the Middle Ages, El Aman Han

Turkish Inn in the Middle Ages, El Aman Han

According to the historical documents, the purpose of construction was to provide shelter for the coming passengers and caravans to accommodate.

Through the entrance, we were getting to inside of the caravanserai.

Through the entrance, we were getting to inside of the caravanserai.

The air is chilly in the very massive building.

The air is chilly in the very massive building.

The El – Aman Caravanserai is one of the greatest caravansaries of Anatolia and is composed of shops, a mosque and a bath together with a Külliye (Complex).

Ceiling of the room, there was a well, too.

Ceiling of the room, there was a well, too.

The caravanserai, roadside inn, where travelers and caravaners could rest and recover from the day’s journey.

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