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Alara yard

35 km from Alanya, close to the river Alara (Eastern plains) is a caravanserai of Alara Han, Alara, or the yard, and architectural ensemble, created in 1232, on the orders of Seljuk Sultan Alaaddin Keykubat I (as evidenced by the inscription above the portal with numerous laudatory words for Sultan). Not far from here, twenty kilometers, is located Karasinski caravanserai, built in the mid XIII century by the son of Sultan Alaaddin Keykubat I.

Built Alara Han was in order to protect the caravans that passed along the silk Road. The caravans going from Alaia to Konya and Antalya in the middle ages, stayed in this place. Hotels of this type were located at a distance of a day journey apart and were the "anchor points" in the network of roads crossing Anatolia. In the XIII century, the whole chain of caravanserais were fully formed, and Alara Han was considered the best fortified on the South coast.

Built Alara Han of rough stone, its area is two thousand square meters. All the buildings in the caravanserai a group located in the inner courtyards which were the premises for transport - camels. Going into one of the doors to get to rooms intended for sleeping. On both sides of a long corridor there is a small room. Also on-site Coaching Inn located sauna, alaca mescit and a spring. On the local stones left inscriptions craftsmen who built this building. It often happens that all the inscriptions inflicted on the ancient buildings of Alanya, Alaaddin Keykubat proclaimed "Ruler of the country of the Persians and Arabs, the Sultan of the land and the two seas," and Alara inscription assigns him another title "conqueror of the land of Damascus, rumskyy, the Frankish and the Armenian".

The material from which were made all the walls of Alara Han, except the East, was carved stone. Three walls of this ensemble to hold three -, and four-cornered backup. External portal, located in the Northern part and is made in the form of a small arch decorated with raised lion's heads used as candle holders.

This is the only located site belonging to Seljuk architecture. Unlike other buildings of this type, there is no courtyard - it is outside of the caravanserai, for external walls. At the entrance on the left side are the source, a small mosque, a stone sentry box on the right - Hamam. Around dwellings built stables in the shape of arches, surrounding Khan on three sides. To merchants could see their animals and to communicate with slaves in the back of the room made small Windows.

To get to the sleeping quarters where there is a large courtyard, mosque, and the source from the patio beyond the portal. In the premises there is a hole for the light, hiding the arches made in the form of a cradle. Travelers usually dined in the evening on the terraces with sharp arches.

At the entrance to Alara Han on both sides there are two small square towers with walls, protected by the visor. The great Hall is decorated with Khan and also closed arches.

A few years ago, Alara Han was restored, and today it is opened as a shopping centre and a restaurant. The room where the guards coaching Inn, and today has retained its distinctive features. At the present time in the caravanserai, which was restored in traditional Turkish style, Turkish spend the evening for visitors and tourists.

In the North, 800 m from the Coaching Inn and nine kilometers from the coastline is Alara fortress. This unusual fortress is situated on a high hill where the elevations range from 200 to 500 meters. The fortress looks really powerful. It is divided into two parts - external and internal. To get to the castle you must climb one hundred and twenty stairs and go through the dark long hallway. Here everywhere you can stumble upon the ruins. This is due to the fact that it is not open as a Museum for tourists, so be careful. In the rocks, located inside the fortress, was hollowed out tunnels. In these ruins you can see a small Palace, mosque and quarters for servants of the fortress. Those who wish to climb the trails along the walls to the top of the fortress you must be very patient and comfortable shoes as the climb can take more than an hour. But, despite this, when you go and see with your own eyes, what kind of offer out of the area, from fatigue will not remain any trace.