Ishak Pasha Palace

Ishak Pasha Palace is a building complex located in the Doğubeyazıt district of Ağrı province of eastern Turkey.   Ishak Pasha Palace was built by II. İshakpaşa of the &

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Ishak Pasha Palace is a building complex located in the Doğubeyazıt district of Ağrı province of eastern Turkey.

 

Ishak Pasha Palace was built by II. İshakpaşa of the Çildıroğulları and Çolak Abdi Pasha between 1685 and 1784 AD and exudes Ottoman, Persian, and Seljuk architectural styles. The complex is about 377 feet by 165 feet and comprises two courts and some smaller structures. There are men's and women's quarters, ceremonial hall, baths and kitchens, a dungeon prison, a mosque, and a mausoleum. All together the living quarters boast 366 rooms plus fireplaces with a central heating system.[i] 

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[i] "Ishak Pasha Palace." Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Retrieved 2014-04-23.

The easiest way to visit the Ishak Pasha Palace is by minibus, hired taxi, or rental car. If walking, follow the sign posts from the Dogubayazit village (about 3.5 miles below Ishak Pasha Palace.) Note, if walking, be aware of dangerous stray dogs living in the vicinity. Upon arrival to the palace, there is a 5 Turkish Lira entry fee.

Throughout the complex there are information displays in English and other languages to provide some historical references. The entire complex is open to the public, but also check out some of the ruins on the nearby mountainside.

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