There are many gems along the Golden Horn and Kurşunlu Han is one of them. Embedded in a labyrinth of streets selling hardware, hydraulic machinery and fishing nets, Kurşunlu Han (also known as Rüstem Pasha Caravanserai) was once an inn for merchant travellers. It was commissioned by The Grand Vizier Rüstem Pasha and built by Architect Mimar Sinan on the ruins of the Church of Saint Michele in 1561. The ruins were incorporated into the architecture of the Han. The courtyard is open to the sky and is laced with grapevines that creep up to the second floor. Here you can find many small workshops used by various craftsmen and artists. From the second floor, you have a beautiful view of the courtyard, the arched arcades, and the rooftop domes. Kurşunlu Han is open to the public except on Sundays and is within walking distance of the Tünel funicular stop.
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