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Ishak Pasha Palace

Ishak Pasha Palace is an Ottoman palace near Doğubayazıt in eastern Turkey. It stands high on an artificial platform and has a commanding view of the surrounding area. Construction began in the late 17th century and was finished by Ishak Pasha in 1784. This often over looked palace is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a bit of a hidden gem.

The palace is a mixture of Anatolian, Iranian and Mesopotamian architecture and is laid out in similar way to Topkapı Palace in Istanbul and was once just as important. the Ishak Pasha Palace is depicted on the Turkish 100 lira banknote.

If you ever make over to this part of Turkey it is well worth a look. There is also a small mosque, a cemetery and tomb, and on a hillside opposite is the Doğubayazıt castle too.

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