Monday, May 19, 2014

Ishak Pasha Palace, Ağrı - TURKEY

Today I received four beautiful postcards from Turkey, a country I recently visited and really want to know better. The first one takes us to Ağrı Province (Eastern Turkey, not far from Iran) right on the old Silk Route and it shows the Ottoman Palace of Ishak Pasha (17th century), an important example of Turkish Heritage and considered by UNESCO to enter the list of WHS. Thank you Muammer, I really like this photo... the mist in the background gives a little mistery to the shot, we almost expect that some Genie will appear from there. This postcard took 9 days to arrive!
Ishak Pasha Palace, Ağrı - TURKEY - UNESCO TENTATIVE
Ishak Pasha Palace on the Silk Route near the Iranian frontier, is situated on a high and vast platform of strategic importance on an area of 7600 meter square. It is not at all in the Ottoman tradition but is rather a mixture of Anatolian, Iranian and North Mesopotamian architectural tradition. The traditional model used in the construction of the Royal Palaces in the capital cities like Bursa, Edirne and Istanbul was taken as an example in the design of Ishak Pasha Palace. The western influence in Ottoman architecture during the post-classical period can be observed is Ishak Pasha Palace.


  1. I like this picture, too. Really nice, the palace seems pretty isolated, on top of the mountain maybe. I am sure it was a strategic place to built it there.

  2. I i totally agree with you - it's really a '1001 Arabian Nights' scenery!...