This Building is Ottoman Empire's Last Remaining Monument
Ishak Pasha Palace is the last remaining monument of the Ottoman Empire in Turkey
30 May 2020

This palace located in the remote hills of eastern Turkey has been steadily built by one family for generations spanning over a century. Ishak Pasha Palace is the last remaining monument of the Ottoman Empire in Turkey.

Ishak Pasha Palace overlooking hills of Doğubeyazıtv
Ishak Pasha Palace overlooking hills of Doğubeyazıtv

Construction began in 1685 by Kolak Abdi Pasha and was continued by his son and then his grandson. it combines a variety of architectural styles including Armenian Georgian and ottoman elements.The palace also includes middle-eastern inspired features such as arches and domes.

Looking up to the dome of the Ishak Pasha Palace
Looking up to the dome of the Ishak Pasha Palace
Interior view of the Palace
Interior view of the Palace
View from the courtyard of Ishak Pasha Palace
View from the courtyard of Ishak Pasha Palace

You could easily spend days, weeks even, exploring the sprawling Ishak Pasha Palace. The Pasha family spent over a century building this spectacular structure, beginning in 1685. The fortress in Doğubayazıt, Turkey, was abandoned when the Ottoman Empire fell. But it quietly stands guard over the remote hills of eastern Turkey to this day.

Entrance to the Palace complex
Entrance to the Palace complex

The Ishak Pasha Palace is such a cultural icon that it was featured on the Turkish 100 lira banknote between 2005 and 2009. The palace was abandoned with the fall of the Ottoman Empire but today the site is a protected historical landmark.

100 Turkish New Lira specimen with Ishak Pasha Palace in the bill.
100 Turkish New Lira specimen with Ishak Pasha Palace in the bill.
 
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