Friday, 24 May 2024
Historical Obruk Inn, one of the oldest hotels in the world, to be opened in Konya

Historical Obruk Inn, one of the oldest hotels in the world, to be opened in Konya

The historical inn, located in Karatay and thought to be the oldest hotel in the world, is planned to be reopened in the coming days after the restoration works are completed.

Hasan Kılca, Karatay Mayor, announced in a statement that Obruk Inn will be built with the slogan “the oldest hotel in the world”. Restoration work began in early 2020 at the historical Obruk Inn, which dates back to the 13th century. The work was deemed so important that Karatay saw it not as a restoration, but as a tribute to history, whose aim was to convey the traces of history to the present day in the best way possible.


On October 5, 2019, with the signature of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Obruk Lake was registered as a “sensitive area requiring strict protection”. Karatay Municipality has immediately adopted the idea of preserving this natural beauty and historical structure and making it available to tourists.

In this context, in addition to the ongoing restoration work for Obruk Inn, the project for landscaping works around the Inn and the lake has been completed. It is said that Obruk Inn, believed to be the oldest hotel in the world, will make the region one of the most popular destinations for local and foreign tourists when completed.


Obruk Inn, located in our Karatay district, dates back to the 13th century. Next to the Obruk Inn, which is a Seljuk work, there is the Kızören Sinkhole, which consists of a collapsed area. This lake met the water needs of Obruk Inn during its history.

Obruk Inn and Kızören Sinkhole are located at the entrance of the Obruk district on the Konya-Aksaray route, approximately 70 km northeast of Konya.

Built on a rectangular planned seating area extending in the northeast-southwest direction, the inn consists of a courtyard on the southwest wing and a closed/shelter section on the northeast wing. Rising as a protruding mass in the middle of the southwest façade, the portal was designed to look like a castle gate with its ribs on its upper frame. There are prismatic towers at the corners of the facade. The rectangular planned courtyard, which is included through a deep entrance garden covered with a pointed barrel vault to which the pointed arched door opening of the portal is connected, is surrounded by spaces placed opposite each other along its two long sides. The closed/shelter section, which is located in the western wing of the courtyard and is in a very dilapidated state, is divided into five basins with square-planned legs placed in depth. The middle section, apparently covered with a pointed barrel vault, is wider.

Kızören Lake (Kızören Sinkhole) is a karst-formed sinkhole lake located within the borders of Karatay district, 70 km northeast of Konya. The sinkhole has a diameter of 228 meters and a depth of 171 meters, 145 meters of which are filled with water. The land where the lake is located is 1020 meters high. It is located on limestone blocks in the Obruk Plateau, where many sinkholes are located. The lake surface, which is 20 meters below, is becoming lower due to excessive groundwater use. Kızören Lake, with the Seljuk-built Obruk Inn on its western edge, is the largest sinkhole in our country.