İshak Pasha Palace is one of the important historic buildings in Turkey. It was built by The Governor İshak Pasha by himself to serve both as a residence and administrative building. The construction work started in the period of Colak Abdi Pasha, the father of İshak Pasha and completed by Mehmet Pasha, the son of İshak Pasha. But the common consensus of the historians is that %80 of the building had been completed during İshak Pasha period who also named the palace.
History of Ishak Pasha Palace
İshak Pasha PalaceAğrıis one of the most important architectural monuments of Ottoman era. The construction of the palace had started in 1685 and finished almost 100 years later in 1784. There are several sections in the palace including fabulous Harem section, mosque and mausoleum. The characteristics of the building had been inspired by ottoman, Armenian and Persian art. This is what makes the palace is so important today. The combination of the cultures integrated in the structure so professionally that even today although it is a ruined building it glamours the visitors with its elegance. The palace is now a museum and open to visitors between 08.00 am to 18.30 pm.
Location of Ishak Pasha Palace
The palace is in Doğu Beyazıt. Doğu Beyazıt is a district of Ağrı and is very close to Eastern borders of Turkey, Iranian border is only 35 km away. The region was under control of Ottoman for more than 400 years. But before the Ottoman rule Persians, Armenians, Seljuk dynasty and Urartu ruled the region.
Tourist İnformationAbout the Region
The famous Mount Ararat, where it is believed that Noah’s Ark is hidden, is also in Ağrı. There is a national park in the area and a stone formation believed to be Noah’s Ark. In summer the park can be visited. Because the palace is in a desolated area there are not many places to visit but the city of Kars is a better alternative to visit afterwards. And on the way to İshak Pasha Palaceand around it there are some early ancient residues of Urartu culture to visit. And the castle of Doğu Beyazıt, which had been built by Urartu is another alternative to visit. Fish Lake is 60 km away from Doğu Beyazıt but it is worth go.
There are better alternatives for accommodation in Ağrı, Kars and Van. But for the visitors who want to spend an overnight close to the area there are couple of moderate hotels in Doğu Beyazıt and two campingsvery close to the Palace.
The Palace is 5 km away from Doğu Beyazıt. Direct transportation is only providedfrom Doğu Beyazıt andby taxis or hourly buses only.To get Doğu Beyazıt from other cities intra city buses can be taken.
Lounch Options at Ağrı
The famous dish of DoğuBeyazıt is AbdigörKöfte. In each local restaurant, it can be found. Haşıl is also another famous dish of Ağrı region.