Kızlarağası Inn

Konak / İzmir

Kızlarağası Inn

It was built in 1744 by Hacı Beşir Ağa, the most famous Kızlarağası of the Ottoman palace, and you are in Kızlarağası Inn, which is the most beautiful and unique example of the structures that have survived to the present day.

Kızlarağası Inn is a magnificent two-storey building with a large courtyard of approximately 600 square meters on an area of 4000 square meters. The three gates of the inn belong to the Bakır, Çuha and Cevahir Bedestens.

The ground floor of Kızlarağası Inn was used for storage and trade. The cargo of the caravans that descended to the Inn was unloaded and shopping was done here. The doors of the inn were closed with dark weather, as in all inns. On the upper floor of the inn, there were rooms with stoves, niches, basements and wooden floors, which were used for overnight stays.

The fact that the inn was located in the most central place of Izmir, at the mouth of the port, enabled the building to be used as a pier at the same time. The inn, which is extremely important in the economic life of Izmir, reached the peak of its commercial capacity in 1778 and from this date to the last quarter of the 19th century, it continued its bright period for a hundred years.

Kızlarağası Inn has survived many earthquakes and fires. In addition, the increasing filling of the port caused it to remain in the background over time.

In the 1980s, it was ruined and the upper floor was completely destroyed. During the restoration between 1988-1992, the entire building, except the north wing, was rebuilt from the foundation. The mansion mosque *, which is located in the middle of the courtyard and reflects a tradition from Anatolian Seljuk caravanserais, has been removed. With this restoration, not only the Kızlarağası Inn, but also the vicinity of the inn has become a living space again.

Today, Kızlarağası Inn has 200 small shops, mainly antique shops, where leather, jewelry and souvenirs are sold. Our suggestion for you is to meet the craftsmen here and listen to their stories and enjoy sipping your coffee after shopping in the courtyard of this three-hundred-year-old historical inn.

*The name given to the masjid section, which is located on four arches in the middle of the courtyard of a series of 13th century Anatolian Seljuk caravanserais, usually called Sultanhanı, was also used in the Ottoman period.

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