Kapan Khan

This khan was built by Sultan Murad I during the second half of the 14th century, in order to provide control and weighing of those goods being supplied to the town before being sold there. This structure is called “Kapan”, or “Bascule”, due to this function. “Kapan” Khan was an important khan. During its period of construction, the production of agricultural products increased, and such were marketed there. In a record dated 1614, the expression “Kabban Khan”, or “Bascule Khan”, is clearly stated.

“Kapan” Khan is a two-floor structure. A record from 1685 reveals that there were rooms opening towards the riwaqs surrounding a courtyard, and that the khan had 29 rooms. At the khan’s centre, however, there was a masjid. The tradition to built masjids at the centre of khans became an example for those other khans to be built after “Kapan” Khan.