If you’re passing through Doğubayazit, İshak Paşa Sarayı really is a must stop. I wrote a very little about it once before when Sage and I bicycled through this region about six years ago. The photos I’m posting here today are from my second visit when the excuse to come to Doğubayazit was to climb Mt. Ararat.
İshak Paşa Sarayı is the palace on the hill above Doğubayazit. Here’s what it looks like from above and below:
Even though I’ve visited twice, I’m going to write very little about it again today because, really, I don’t know anything. They’ve put this fancy roof on during their restoration/protection work, but there’s not much in the way of information at the site.
There are some other interesting buildings nearby as well, but I didn’t learn about them either. For example:
and most interestingly, check out these walls and turrets built on the steep mountainside above the palace. What on earth for?
Maybe the mystery is part of the intrigue of this site??!!
A hillside blocks the view of Mt. Ararat from the palace, but here it is peaking out from a vantage point a little lower down: