Ishak Pasa Palace (ishak pasha palace) is a spectacular historical site only 5 km from Dogubeyazit, map of location. It was built by the Ottoman pasha (general), Ishak Pasa who was the governor of the eastern provinces. He personally got involved in the architectural design of his palace. The palace shows a blending of various architectural styles, Seljuk, Ottoman, Georgian, Persian, and Armenian.
It is one of the most distinguished and magnificent examples of the 18th century Ottoman architecture The construction lasted some 8 years in the Period of Tulip 'Lale Devri' 1734, the reign of Sultan Ahmed III, of Ottoman Empire.
Ishakpasa Palace stands on a plateau that descends to the northwest and overlooks Sariova, where the modern city of Dogubayazit is located. The remains of the old Dogubayazit lie to the northwest and to the south of the palace. A small mosque (mescit) and a cemetery lie to the southeast of the palace. The northern facade of the palace faces the Dogubayazit Castle situated on a nearby hill.
In the vicinity you can see the remains of antique civilizations such as a bas-relief of an Urartian king, and a rock tomb from the ninth century B.C.
Due to its proximity to the Russian and Persian borders of the empire, Ishak Pasa Palace suffered serious damage during several wars, beginning with the Russian seige in 1828. Stones were removed from the abandoned palace during the re-location of the city in 1934. The upper wooden structure also vanished during this period. In 1963, the Directorate of Monuments and Museums (Anitlar ve Müzeler Genel Müdürlügü) announced a campaign of preservation for the site and several restoration projects were undertaken since, including a general cleanup and excavation of the site and the maintenance of the east and south façades in 1966.
The complex is situated on an artificial platform aligned east-west. The site was made even with the construction of a partial basement that is fifteen meters at its tallest. Surrounded by steep slopes, the building is entered only from the east. The palace consists of three successive sections; an outer courtyard and inner courtyard, followed by the harem section with its gardens. It is similar to the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul in its layout.