To retreat to the coolness of the Sari Han caravanserai gave as much pleasure to me as no doubt it has done to many travellers over the centuries.
To encourage trade on the Silk Road, Ottoman sultans, like other local rulers, funded the construction of many caravanserais along the route. Caravans would typically travel at night to avoid being an easy target for thieves, spending the day in the caravanserais that were spaced strategically on the route. Trade was so valuable that the state guaranteed the security of the goods, reimbursing traders for theft, a kind of early insurance program. These stations would allow travelers to rest for three days, repairing their shoes, treating any illnesses, and caring for their animals.
Sarihan was the last caravanserai built by Seljuk emperors, constructed in 1249. It used a mixture of yellow, pink, and beige stone, artistically arranged around the elaborate entrance portal. It fell into disuse and later ruins but was restored in 1991.
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ManuMay (36273) 2010-11-28 4:56
Very nice place, and comfortable...
A good interior capture, good light management and placement to compose the scene, fine point of view and very good details...excellent work!!
Have a nice day...
siudzi (34141) 2010-11-28 5:09
what a nice old place! Very beautiful and interesting architecture presented here very well. Great work. TFS.
stevesaba (8165) 2010-11-28 5:15
A real eye-catcher indeed! It really jumps out at you, perhaps in part due to the great three dimensional sense we get from the concentric arches. Expertly done, with great light, and spot on focus. Gorgeous textures. Congratulations, warm regards,
patdeph (35748) 2010-11-28 6:06
the place is very beautiful,I love the tones of the stones,and the excellent perspective on the arches!Excellent!
annjackman (21899) 2010-11-28 6:08
The composition with the receding arches is excellent. You have handled the light really well and the warm mellow stone colour lifts this picure into something very visually pleasing.
besnard (56645) 2010-11-28 6:15
Un bon cliché de ce très bel endroit aux formes géométriques et aux couleurs bien saturées.
Merci pour cette intéressante image et bon dimanche.
licancabur (22) 2010-11-28 7:34
well done ! love this pic
francio64 (39888) 2010-11-28 11:10
luce soffusa ben distribuita per un'immagine molto architettonica e piacevolmente geometrica.
Mi piace il ripetersi degli archi e il DOF su di essi.
Buono lo sharp.
timecapturer (49288) 2010-11-29 6:37
wonderfully composed image, just love the curves and shades in this well taken shot. Amazing textures and beautifully sharp. Great work!
AKITA (15125) 2010-11-29 17:51
round lines of stone arches are wonderful and impressive,
those make beautiful perspective in this view,
and light is nice to show us mysterious ambience too,
especially the tone and the texture of old stones are my favorite,
thank you for your excellent shot,
vasilpro (41619) 2010-11-29 23:11
Beautiful interior with arches and interesting architecture, excellent light management, lovely colors, very nice POV and very good DOF.
Have a nice day, Vasilis.
lpi (4857) 2010-12-01 2:19
Un endroit idéal pour se reposer, la gestion de la lumière est excellente.
Les détails de cette pièce sont superbes!
Angshu (56760) 2010-12-01 3:47
The repeating arches work very well to define the perspective. I think you could have cropped the part of the arch on the left. Good use of light & exposure in handling this scene. Well done!
sandpiper (6788) 2010-12-03 14:15
Nice architecture and good composition.
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2010-12-07 23:38
nice place with beautiful columns,excellent colors and d.o.f.
macjake (69815) 2010-12-11 20:57
i can see why this photo is a popular one for you.
the repetative arches are such a great theme.
along with that, are the sporadically placed chairs.
wonderful colours, rich in details
delpeoples (58836) 2010-12-14 23:42
What an amazing composition. It reminds me a little of the photos of mosques taken by Sabermonajati. The symmetry of the repeating arches makes such an impressive graphical effect. Excellent light control and sharpness. COngratulations.
TFS and I wish you a lovely day
kiasari (62) 2010-12-29 16:22
You chose a good POV to take this shot. A nice photo with a well managed framing and superb colors. Well done!