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Doğu Beyazıt And

Mount Ararat

The town of Doğu Beyazit is famous for its lovely examples of Ottoman art, most especially the Ishak Pasha Palace and mosque. Doğu Beyazit is located in Eastern Turkey, near the city of Ağrı. This is the vicinity of the Mount Ararat which rises to a height of 5,165 meters; its smaller peak to 3,925 meters.HISTORY OF THE ARARAT REGION

The peaks of Great Ararat, and the Lesser Ararat, are the highest in Turkey. They have many legends attached to them including the one about Noah and his ark. According to ancient Anatolian myth­ology, the two peaks are two sisters who could not get along together. These sisters were turned into rock because of the harsh words they used against each other, and, thus, two great mountains rose out of the plain at the spot where the girls had stood. The word Ağrı, which is the Turkish name for the Ararat mountains, means pain.

Mount Ararat is the traditional landing place of Noah's Ark. Treks up the mountain are conveniently started from Doğu Beyazıt and supplies for the climb are available there, including pack animals. There was a great deal of excitement in 1959, when a photograph taken by an officer of the Turkish Army revealed an object that resembled an ancient vessel. Many expeditions have been undertaken to date with a view of investigating the account, but no confirmation has been realized.


The history of Doğu Beyazit goes back through many centuries, owing to its position on the main trade route to Anatolia from the East. A number of the monuments and ruins here have been lost due to a long succession of battles and invasions in the region, but many traces of the ancient Urartian civilization can be seen, as well as the fascinating Ishak Pasha Palace and Mosque. The Genoese built a fortress on this spot to protect the trade route in the 14th century, Ishak Pasha, a Kurdish ruler of the area, built his own fortress and monument during Ottoman times.



The stangely fascinating complex of Ishak Pasha was con­structed during the 17th century influenced by the Persian, Ar­menian, Georgian, Seljuk and Ottoman architectural forms. Restora­tion of the place was undertaken in 1956. The palace layout is typically Ottoman Turkish, comprising inner and outer courts, servant and guard stations and quarters, a mosque, kitchens, a hamam or Turkish bath, a harem, and reception and court rooms. The mosque is famous for the magnificent decoration of its dome and the tomb for its splendid workmanship. Much of the original decorative work has been preserved in the complex. The acoustics in the mosque are incredible. A fine view of the surroundings may be had from the balcony of the minaret and also from the top of the palace walls.