Seraceddin Madrasa

Seraceddin Madrasa

The madrasah, which is located in the center of Kayseri and in the south-east of the Hunat Mosque, is also known as "Küçük Hunat". It is a single-storey building with an open courtyard, three iwans, built on a rectangular seating area extending in the north-south direction.

The building, which remains below the road level, has been almost completely renovated with the restoration made in 1974 by the General Directorate of Foundations. The deaf facades of the madrasah, which had a small castle effect with its dendanli walls, were animated with porthole windows and curtains.

Located in the middle of the south facade of the madrasa, it is overflowing from the body wall and its high crown door is a deep iwan with a pointed barrel vault; There is an inscription on the flat arch door opening. The courtyard included in the door is an area surrounded by portico from four directions; To the north of the courtyard, there is a main iwan with a pointed barrel vault and a rectangular planned room, covered with a pointed barrel vault on both sides. The portico in front of the main iwan is covered with a cross vault, and the east and west wings of the portico are designed as two opposite iwans covered with a pointed barrel vault.

The four rooms, built in symmetrical order on the east and west wing of the courtyard, have a rectangular plan and a pointed barrel vault; the vaulted arched doors of the rooms open directly to the portico. On the east and west walls of the flat arch door opening in the south wing of the courtyard are stairs leading up to the roof.

There is no decoration in the madrasa covered with cut stone on rubble fill. The madrasah, which has been completely renovated as a result of the repairs, is in good condition today and serves as a bookstore.

According to the inscription of the madrasah, Seljuk Sultan II. It was built in 1238/39 by Serâceddîn Bedr, the Emir of Kayseri, during the period of Gıyâseddîn Keyhüsrev.