Saturday, April 6, 2013

Ishak Pasha Palace

"The Ishak Pasha Palace [ a UNESCO World Heritage Site] is an Ottoman-period palace whose construction was started in 1685 by Colak Abdi Pasha, the bey of Beyazit province, continued by his son İshak Pasha and completed by his grandson Mehmet Pasha. According to the inscription on its door, the Harem Section of the palace was completed by his grandson Ishak (Isaac) Pasha in 1784." -- Wikipedia


This fountain, on your right when you enter the first courtyard, is labeled "Water and Milk Fountain."  Was it really a milk fountain?

A detail of the fountain arch

Entrance to the inner courtyard

When you enter the inner courtyard, you stand in front of this ornate entrance to the administrative complex.

These windows are on your right.

Entrance to the Tomb of Ishak Pasha and some of his descendants in the inner courtyard

Stairway into the tomb

Doorway in the inner courtyard

Detail of the decorative work above the door

A room in the administrative complex

A wall of windows lighhting an interior space

The wooden equivalent of  a gargoyle.

A passageway into the mosque

Our guide, Nurdan, in the pulpit

Irene in the pulpit

The interior of the mosque dome

Ornate doorway and many of its details

An interior window and detail

A comfortable living space in the harem

The Turkish bath in the harem

A squat toilet

The mosque as seen from the inner courtyard

The minaret

A parting view of the palace taken on the drive downhill

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