SARAI – The palace of Hadji Khalil Efendi
Apart from a main residence or for holidays, the Sarai could be turned into a luxury hotel with themed rooms and activities.
Perfect location of the Consulate or Embassy for hosting high-ranking persons during the summer months.
The same could be for large investment institutions and a cultural center with a wide variety of activities,
Conference Center or Museum.
THE SARAI IN SQUARE METERS
The building has following square meters:
1. basement: an area of 86 square meters (located on the west side of the building and has 4 locations)
2. ground floor: an area of 285 sq.m (elevated On the west side and has 4 settings, while the eastern side there are 4 other sites)
3. A’Floor: an area of 286 sq.m. (Covers the whole horizontal axis of the building and has 13 spaces)
4. Second floor: an area of 49 m
5. Stable 20 m (Located in the garden on the east side)
6. two terraces (located on First floor)
7. a windmill (located on the west side and connected to
two tanks (west and east side in the garden area)
8. Two yards and two gardens
total area of 3142 sq.m. (They share both sides)
The historical story of SARAI
Hadji Khalil was one of the most famous merchant of Rhodes during the Ottoman occupation of the island from 1895 – 1920.
He had the monopoly and traded one kind of wood called “Katrani” The “Katrani” wood has excellent properties such as high durability of humidity and different weather conditions. All the wood witch used to build the house (Sarai) are made from this kind of wood.
After 106 years we find the evidence that the wooden construction of the palace are made from “Katrani”, all parts seem to be been made yesterday. The community that was traveling from Turkey to Rhodes and from there to Egypt and possible in other parts of the Mediterranean like Marseilles,along with Katrani, Hajji Khalil goods and acorns. The fruits of oak used in paints and for coloring leather and fabrics. This product was also in great demand in Egypt for the purpose of extensive craft.
Taking into account that the tiles used to construct the roof of his house are from Marseilles and the information ,that we think this is a material often found on rooftops in France ,seems to be true.
The ability to trade and in particular its ability to ensure a monopoly on certain products of high market demands in the Mediterranean made him one of the richest and most powerful people of Rhodes.
The property is considered the greatest of his time on the island,Makri in Turkey and elsewhere. It was logical, therefore, when he decided to build his house to accommodate his family, to make the moves dictated by the wealth and power.
He chooses the path of Pythagoras to build a spectacular house, or rather a palace. It was also reasonable to seek and award the construction of the most famous artist, wood sculptor, manufacturer and experienced architect George N. Tsimeta.