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AGRI Ishak Pasha Palace

Date of submission to the Tentative World Heritage List: 25/02/2000
List Reference:  1410


Ishak Pasha Palace is a semi-ruined palace and administrative complex located in the Dogubeyazit district of Agri province of Turkey. Construction of Ishak Pasha Palace began in 1685 by Colak Abdi Pasha, the bey of Bayazit province. His grandson, Ishak Pasha completed this stunning palace in 1784. The Palace 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.

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