The Çukurhan is located opposite to the main entrance of the Ankara Citadel, close to the site which was formerly known as the Horse Market, and on the west side of the present Çengelhan Rahmi M. Koç Museum. Under the Ottomans, the Han was affiliated to Sheikh ul-islam (the chief religious official in the Ottoman Empire) Ankaravî Mehmed Emin Efendi Foundation.
The brick and stone building with wooden planks and bays has a tile roof and is supposed to have been built in the late 16th or early 17th century. The Çukurhan functioned as a typical Ottoman city caravanserai: in other words it was an Inn with a marketplace in the courtyard. It retained its commercial importance through the years with many shops and workplaces that sold a vast range of goods including mohair, wool, grains, dried fruits, vegetables, etc.
In 1950 the Çukurhan caught fire and was seriously damaged. Soon after that, the building was repaired but mostly lost its original form and abandoned at the end of the 20th century.
The Han, also placed in the “Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites of the World” announced by World Monuments Fund (WMF), was leased on a “Renovate-Operate- Transfer” basis in October 2006 by Çengelhan Inc., which is a company of the Rahmi M. Koç Foundation for Museology and Culture, from the Turkish Prime Ministry General Directorate of Foundations, Ankara Regional Directorate. The restoration period of the Çukurhan began in October 2007 and lasted to May 2010. Throughout the two-and-a-half-year restoration process enormous care and attention was paid to the preservation of the original state of the building. This extended to glassing the entire courtyard area.
The Çukurhan is located opposite to the main entrance of the Ankara Citadel, close to the site which was formerly known as the Horse Market, and on the west side of the present Çengelhan Rahmi M. Koç Museum. Those seeking an environment of authentic luxury while travelling on business will be pleased to learn that the Divan Çukurhan is located in the Ulus district of Ankara, home to both key government ministries and most embassies. Divan Çukurhan is a truly unique hotel combining history, distinctive décor, superior service and a location ideal for both business and sightseeing.
|Atatürk’s Mausoleum (Anıtkabir)
|The Rahmi M. Koç Museum
|The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations
|Cer Modern Art Museum
|Museum Of The War of Independence
|(1st Parliament Building)
|Ankara Esenboğa International Airport