Ishak Pasha Palace
Ishak Pasha Palace
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ararattraveler
London, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Solo
This palace was an amazing place around in Dogubeyazit of Turkey. I could join to the tour with a highly experienced wonderful guide Mustafa Arsin of Tamzara Agency in Dogubeyazit. You can also go to Noah's ark, natural hot spring, Kurdish village on the Mount Ararat, a meteorite crater etc where is very near to Iranian borderline. I realized that to join to a good agency's tour would be really important for better experiences and services with reasonable good prices. It can make differences. You can learn from them more about those area where Kurdish people have lived, by their own perspectives for outsiders of the world. To know the Kurdish culture and history was one of the great experiences. It was not just simple tourism but also it was a miraculous blessing from Heaven tracing back to the spiritual journey. I highly recommend the experienced mountaineer Mustafa Arsin of Tamzara Agency in Dogubeyazit for your great expedition in Eastern Turky.
Written December 14, 2012
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woried
Belgrade, Serbia43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Friends
If you see that beautiful place once,be sure that you must see it again!It happened to me 3 time,and now i know i'll come back again!A semi-ruined 18th century palace built at the site of a Urartian palace. Highlights of this iconic building include the mosque, dining room, courtyard with monumental portals and the tombs of Ishak Pasha and his son.Also in the entrance of palace you can find a interesting fountain for milk and water ,well it doesn't work any more unfortunately .The palace is built on a hill at the side of a mountain 5 km of Doğubeyazıt. It was the last large monumental structure in the Ottoman Empire from the "Lale Devri" period.It's a rare example of the historical Turkish palaces.Well if you are already in Dogubayazit best start you can do is to find the guy from Tamzara Travel Mustafa Arsin and you will discover all you must see:( mount Ararat, Kurdish vilage, Noahs Ark ,beautiful lakes in area,carpets shop, or what ever you want-there or in eastern Turkey Mustafa is right person to be your guide.
Written February 12, 2013
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Krisztina N
Budapest, Hungary4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Friends
I had an amazing trip to Eastern- Turkey last summer . There I met with a friendly , highly qualified and experienced guide Mustafa Arsin.
He is a director of Tamzara Tour office in Dogubeyazit , organize tours to Mount Ararat and also trekking and cultural tours all around East- Turkey.
For the dogubeyazit tour we rented minibuses from him. We looked Ishak Pasa palace, visited a kurdish village where peoples live at summer time and there we tasted home made ayran.That was so delicious. After we searching for Noah Arks and Diyadin the hot spring.There we spend a few hours to enjoy the hot thermal bath. The end of the day we relaxed at Hotel Ararats terrace drinking traditional turkish tea. Mustafa runs this nice hotel in Dogubeyazit. I can offer to everybody who want to stay there for a few days.
The next days we looked Van- castle , went to Akdamar island with boat. There I drank the best turkish caffe what I have ever taste :) After we went to Nemrut crater where we have spent a wonderful night in tents. Nemrut crater is a really beautiful place where we can get close to nature. You can also swim in the crater lake and trekking. And also what I liked so much are Ani and the Seytan kalesi near the Armenian border. Both of them are very beautiful and special area.
Dont miss to visit this part of Turkey because I think it is so interesting and rich of historical places.
Written February 5, 2013
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Janet H
Sydney, Australia42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
Considered the second best palace in Turkey (Topkapi in Istanbul is no 1) it is well worth a visit. It is in an isolated area in the mountains 6 km from the town of Dogubayazit. Signs in English and Turkish explain each part of the palace although our local guide from Alkans Tours was more informative. Few people speak English in this region. Closed on Mondays.
Written September 18, 2015
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Beenmostplaces
Montreal, Canada388 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Couples
The palace itself is wonderful and we found the restoration well done and not heavy handed. The information panels are quite good and do a decent job of explaining what you are seeing. The location is just out of this world - make sure you go up to the car park at the end of the road behind the palace for superb views of it and the valley below.
Tip : if you are patient you can take the local dolmuş there for 2TL. Catch it at the start of the road that leads up to the palace from the town, you will have to wait for enough passengers before it leaves.
Written April 19, 2014
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Bruce H
Antalya, Türkiye191 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
A partially restored palace. It provides a glimpse at what life was like. The views from the palace windows is worth the visit.
Written February 20, 2020
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Mark D
52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018
Very historical place we love this place very much I am so happy to see it definitely everyone has to see !
Written October 31, 2018
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Lanni
Gaziantep, Türkiye5,222 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
The palace is grandeur with view towards Dogubeyazit and maintained very well. It wasn't easy journey (from Kars) to reach the palace. In April 2018, generally it was closed every Monday but I was lucky enough because the Monday I went, it was open in the afternoon time. The entrance fee is 5TL but with the "exceptional Monday" the fee was 10TL. If you come from other city, be aware that there will be lots of check point either by "jandarma" or police, but they do their job well to guard the country border with Iran and Armenia.
Written May 1, 2018
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ahmet a
New York City, NY48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Friends
We got there at 830am on a Sunday and it was closed. The website lists hours as 8am-4pm everyday except Monday but apparently they open at 9am on Sundays. It was a bit annoying but we really enjoyed the grounds-- signs noted that it is a "museum city" in the works so I hope to see the other buildings next time I go.

If you are traveling from Igdir I highly recommend arranging for a taxi from Igdir instead of dealing with the dolmus. For a total sum of 150TL a very friendly cab driver drove us to Dogubeyazit waited for us to tour the grounds and the PASAJ shopping centre (small but very authentic) and drove us back to Igdir Airport (a 4 hour trip).
Written December 30, 2014
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cammerayguy
Sydney, Australia407 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Friends
The remote Ottoman palace of Ishak Pasha Sarayi, is perched on a mountain ledge high above the town. The road to the palace passes by the army camps next to the Iran border checkpoint. The volcanic hillside leading up to the palace is bare but attractively stained with many coloured rocks.

The palace is well worth visiting - not so grand as Topkapi - but it makes up for this with its incredible setting.

Although the addition of glass roofs allows more of the palace to be explored on a wet day, they do detract from the romantic picture of the palace looking out to Mount Ararat. It is perhaps deceptive that the tourist publicity continues to use old pictures!

The highlights of our visit to Ishak Pasha Sarayi were the carved entrance gateways, the palace living quarters, and the simple but spiritual mosque.

Don't miss out on going up to the end of the road. The views back over the palace are perfect - though we didn't score a view of Mount Ararat in the background.
Written November 27, 2014
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