بمناسبة حلول شهر رمضان المبارك، نتقدم لكم بأسمى التهاني وأحر التبريكات، و ندعو الله أن يتقبل منا ومنكم الصيام و القيام وصالح الأعمال، و كل عام و أنتم بخير.
The urbanphenomena team would like to wish you many graceful returns on the occasion of the blessed Month of Ramadan, wa kul aam wa antum bikheir.
The Ishak Pasha Palace near the city of Doğubayazıt in Turkey’s easternmost region is one of the finest examples of Ottoman architecture completed during the Tulip period (1718 – 1730). Second in size only to Istanbul’s Topkapı Palace, the palace’s architecture is a creative mixture of Seljuk, Ottoman, Persian, and Armenian styles, due to its unique crossroad location between Eastern Anatolia and the Caucasus mountain region.
The building of the palace started around the year 1685, and took around 100 years to complete, overseen by three generations of the Ishak Pasha ruling family. According to the inscription on one of the palace portals, the date of the completion is given as the Islamic year 1199H, corresponding to 1784-1785 CE.
The Mosque of Ishak Pasha Palace is located in the second courtyard of the Palace grounds, and has several features displaying elaborate Seljuk inspired stone-cut muqarnas decorations. Of special note is the elaborate portal of the palace, most certainly inspired by the famous portal of the 13th-century Gök Medrese in Sivas. The other unique feature of the mosque is the single circular shaped minaret, built with alternating red and light stone layers, with a stockier conical cap than typical Ottoman minarets. In addition, the proportions of the single dome atop of the square shaped prayer hall bears a stronger resemblance to domes found in the Mosques of the Persian Empire.
Photo by Reda Sijiny