If I ever go to Ankara again I will be sure to visit this place.
Pirinç Han was built in the 1730s. For a long time, rice merchants were received and welcomed there. The structure was used as a police station in the early years of the republic but in 1992 reverted to a han. It now houses workshops and offices.
This is the old heart of Ankara, the Kale (citadel) district. On every street is a historic market....
....The entrance to the han opens into a rectangular courtyard. The yard is lined on three sides by shops. The remaining wall is adorned with roses. There are gift shops and teahouses are among the shops in the yard. There are staircases that reach the top floor with creaky, wooden steps.
As we saw each floor of the three-story han, our amazement and appreciation grew. There are 32 rooms in total at the han. Stores for handicrafts and antiques, artists’ workshops and gift shops sit shoulder-to-shoulder. In front of a window that opens up to the yard on the top floor is an array of colorful flowers. On the top floor, you can find gramophone master Kadir’s shop, retired banker Aydın Tuna’s gift shop and artist Kemal Çelik’s workshop....
A Tranquil Han
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