10 Unmissable Seljuk Sights
Konya is the best place to see Seljuk architecture, and the other great Seljuk cities like Antalya, Erzurum, Kayseri, Sivas have better examples, but you can see Seljuk works in almost any Anatolia city or town, especially in Central and Eastern Anatolia.
The great caravanserais, madrasas, tombs, hans, are among the finest and most characteristic of Seljuk buildings.
The Best Examples of Seljuk Architecture in Turkey
- Red Tower, Antalya
- Yivli Minaret Mosque, Antalya
- Alaeddin Mosque, Konya
- Karatay Madrasa, Konya
- Ince Minaret Madrasa, Konya
- Cifte Minaret Madrasa, Erzurum
- Uc Kumbetler, Erzurum
- Sultan Han, Aksaray
- Gok Madrasa, Sivas
- Divrigi Great Mosque, Sivas
- Doner Kumbet, Kayseri
- Seljuk Dockyard, Antalya
- Torumtay Tomb, Amasya
The Red Tower is a historical tower in the Turkish town of Alanya, Antalya. Construction of the building began in the early reign of the Anatolian Seljuq Sultanate and was completed in 1226. The building is considered to be the symbol of the city, and is even used on the city’s flag.
Yivli Minaret Mosque
Yivli Minaret Mosque is a historical mosque in Antalya. The mosque was first built in 1230 and fully reconstructed for the second time in 1373. The mosque’s fluted minaret, which is decorated with dark blue tiles, is a landmark and symbol of the city.
Alaeddin Mosque is the principal monument on the citadel of Konya, Turkey. The building served as the Mosque of the Throne for the Seljuk Sultans of Rum and contains the dynastic mausoleum. It was constructed in stages between the mid-12th and mid-13th centuries.
Ince Minaret Madrasa
Ince Minaret Madrasa is a 13th century madrasa, also known Islamic school located in Konya, Turkey. Built between 1258 and 1279 by the Anatolian Seljuk Sultanate.
Cifte Minaret Madrasa
Cifte Minaret Madrasa is an architectural monument of the late Seljuk period in the Turkish city of Erzurum. Built as a theological school a few years before 1265, it takes its name, Twin Minaret Madrasa, from the two fluted minarets that crown the monumental facade.
Uc Kumbetler is located in the city centre of Erzurum province at the Eastern Anatolia region of Turkey. In general, it is accepted that the tombs are from the end of 13th century and start of 14th century.
Sultan Han is a large Seljuk Caravanserai located in the town of Sultanhani, Aksaray province, Turkey. This monumental caravanserai was built in 1229. It is one of the best examples of Anatolian Seljuk architecture.
Gok Madrasa is a 13th century madrasa, an Islamic educational institution in Sivas, Turkey. With its double minarets on the two sides of its imposing portal and densely decorated corner turrets, the facade of this building resembles to the entrance section of a city wall.
Divrigi Great Mosque
Divrigi Great Mosque and Hospital is an ornately decorated mosque and medical complex built in 1299 in the small eastern Anatolian mountain town of Divrigi, now in Sivas province of Turkey. The exquisite carvings and architecture of both buildings put them among the most important works of architecture in Anatolia and led to their inclusion on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1985.
The Doner Kumbet is in Kayseri, Turkey, as it’s called, doesn’t revolve, but its cylindrical form makes it look as though it might. Built in 1276 as the final resting place of Sah Cihan Hatun, an imperial princess, it’s covered in high relief arabesque decoration depicting animals and plants.