İshak Pasha Palace is more of a complex than a mere palace. It is our second administrative campus after the Topkapı Palace in İstanbul and the most famous of the palaces built at recent decades.

The palace which was built on a hilla at the side of a mountain 5 km east of Doğubeyazıt District is the last large monumental structure of the Ottoman Empire in the “Lale Devri” period. It is one of the most distinguished and magnificent examples ofthe 18th century Ottoman architecture and is very valuable in terms of art history. According to the top of the door inscription at the Harem Section it was consstructed in 1784 or 1199 accordingto the Islamic calendar.

As the ground building sits on is a valley slope, it is rocky and hard. Despite the fact that it is at the center of the Old Beyazıt city its three sides (north, west, south) are steep and sloped. There is a suitable flat area only to the east. The entrance of the palace is on that side. Its also its narrowest facade.

As the palace was built inan age when the castles ceased to be special and fire arms were developed and were abundently available its defense towards the hills on the east is weak. Its main gate is the weakest point in that respect. The structure of the main gate is no different than those seen in the palaces built in İstanbul and elsewhere in Anatolia and has a neat stone workmanship and carving.

Today we have very few examples of the historical Turkish palaces still surviving. One of these is the İshak Pasha Palace and complex.

Ishak Pasha Palace is composed of following sections in terms of architectural>

1- Exterior facades
2- First and second courts
3- The men’s quarter (selamlık)
4- The mosque building
5- The Soup Kitchen (Darüzziyafe)
6- Bath
7- Rooms of the Harem Section
8- Hall for ceremonies and entertaintment
9- Arch gates
10- Panteries and ammunition room
11- The mousoleum
12- The bakery
13- Dungeons
14- Some sections from interior design (doors, windows, cupboards, fireplaces, soft drink cupboard etc)

The characteristic of the palace is in its mixture of Ottoman, Persian and Seljuk architectural>

The palace is composed of two courts and the collection of structures positioned around them. Some of the buildings of the first court are destoyed. The second court which is surrounded on four sides with buildings has a rectengular plan. To the right, with reference to the entrance there is the men’s quarter and behind it the harem section. At the end of these, there is the mosque and the mousoleum. The mousoleum is built in the>

The interior and exterior architectural wealth of the Ishak Pasha palace could be described forever. Whether the palace is taken as a whole or should its rooms and buildings studied individually, sucsess, order and mastery is all that one can fine

Ishak Pasha Palace stands at a desolate valley today and the fact that it was the subject of various legends and stories add to its magnificent athmosphere some colour and mystery.