İshak Paşa Sarayı in Doğubayazit

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:

DSCN9817 by bryandkeith on flickr

DSCN9835 by bryandkeith on flickr

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.

DSCN9787 by bryandkeith on flickr

DSCN9791 by bryandkeith on flickr

DSCN9790 by bryandkeith on flickr

DSCN9795 by bryandkeith on flickr

There are some other interesting buildings nearby as well, but I didn’t learn about them either.  For example:

DSCN9829 by bryandkeith on flickr

and most interestingly, check out these walls and turrets built on the steep mountainside above the palace.  What on earth for?

DSCN9828 by bryandkeith on flickr

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:

DSCN9837 by bryandkeith on flickr

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2 Responses to İshak Paşa Sarayı in Doğubayazit

  1. Mike Painter says:

    Fascinating! I love old sites and architecture.

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