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    Mount Ararat

    by June.b Written Sep 20, 2010

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    Some group of people who come to Dogubeyazit are doing expedition of Mount Ararat, like a group of Iranians who are staying at our hotel.

    Though you could always get a nice view of the majestic mountain or volcano from some hotel's rooftop or standing along the Turkey-Iran highway.

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    Interact with the local Kurdish people

    by June.b Updated Sep 20, 2010

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    There are local Kurdish people on top of the hill just outside the Ahmed-i-Hani turbesi. We had a brief interaction and they were so friendly and the kids are adorable. They loved to be taken pictures with tourists and they talk to you at least in their very limited english.

    There are young boys - 3 of them (see pic) - in prince-like costumes and this one I would never miss cuz I've seen this in several Turkish movies. I was sitting with this old folk on the bench when these 3 kids in prince-like costume came in front of me and I told the old folk who is talking to me while I was resting that I know this - while motioning my index finger like slicing the tip --- READ: circumcision!

    I remember first seeing it in the Greek/Turkish movie "A touch of Spice" or Politiki Kouzina (Greek title).

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    Tomb of Ahmed-i-Hani

    by June.b Updated Sep 20, 2010

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    We walked further up the hill behind the Ishak Pasha Palace and even behind the urartian fortress and I found a mosque-looking structure where there are local people coming out.

    Upon research now, it turned out to be a tomb who belongs to Ahmed Khani, a kurdish poet who was born in 1651, died 1707. His most important literary piece is ‘Mem u Zin’ or Mem and Zin which is considered to be the epic poem of the Kurdish literature.

    The epic poem was based on a true story and for Kurds Mem and Zin are symbols for the Kurdish people and the country for which are apart and can't be together.

    That was a long story for a structure that I almost didn't bother to take a pic!

    And that's the reason why people especially families and local kurdish kids are paying visit to this tomb because of this relevance to their culture and literature.

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    Urartian Fortress

    by June.b Updated Sep 20, 2010

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    Five to 10 minutes walk along the road from Ishak Pasha Palace on a bit top of the mountain is an urartian fortress that looks like built on a rock ridges with a mosque just below it.

    The location and the view of the Ishak Pasha palace from there is just so dramatic.

    So don't miss this fortress after you've seen the palace.

    Go up further on the rock mountain, climb it, I know it took me a pail of sweat and gasping lungs to get to the top, but it's worth it. The best shot of the palace can be had from the top of the rock mointain just behind the Urartian fortress.

    Believe me, it's worth the extra effort. We only had internittent naps at the 14-hour bus ride from Sanliurfa and dropped our bags at the hotel and immediately proceeded there. So imagine we were still tired - no sleep, sweating from the heat of the sun. I almost surrendered because I'm gasping for air but fortunately I managed to climbed to the top of the rock mountain.

    There is a very small crevice that I thought at first when I was at the base that it would fit any person --- NO! I have to tuck my stomach really in, inhale and tip on my toe while I was wearing a caterpillar hiking boots. Yeah, I got in but surprisingly inside the crevice there's nothing left to move, it's just a crevice and a small space to stand and take a shot of the Ishak Pasha Palace, a bit of a move would definitely push you to your death...hmmm, was it worth it? Yeah, nice view of the palace, breath-taking.

    Click on the picture on your right to see the much coveted shot =)

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    Interior of Ishak Pasha Palace

    by June.b Written Sep 20, 2010

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    The interiors of the palac eis still complete and intact. The feeling inside is so solemn that during non-touristic days you may want to just slow down and feel the energy inside the castle. It was so peaceful.

    I just hope tourists won't vandalize the walls as I've noticed some of it around. That's why the guards are checkin gin and out at times to maybe ensure that people won't write on the walls.

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    The Ishak Pasha Sarayi

    by June.b Written Sep 20, 2010

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    The Ishak Pasha Palace is the highlight of Dogubeyazit. Nestled on top of the mountain, the view is spectacular!

    We were approached again by the same pesky guy who annoyed us early in the morning when we arrived offering his transport or tour service to the palace but I was fully aware that there's a dolmush which happens to be right at the gate of the bus terminal where we were standing. It's empty and we were only like 4 passengers - us and 2 germans - waiting and it won't move until the driver offered us a lift for TL7 per head. Whaat? The 2 germans opted to walk away and just walk to the palace but suddenly 2 more local passengers came along and the driver decided to take us fot TL2 each. That's more normal and fair.

    The ride was bumpy like riding a tractor, about 10 minutes going up. Dropped us exactly at the main entrance of the palace.

    The palace is great from inside and out, the interior is well intact though it's totally empty. There are several chambers though the one in the middle has more elaborated columns and really gorgeouly designed.

    Entrance fee is so cheap at only TL3.

    An Urartian fortress is along the same road in the near distance near the palace so we walked to there.

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    Ishak Pasa Palace

    by ozalp Updated Jan 19, 2009

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    This palace is one of the most known images of my country. I saw its pictures millions of times, so it lost its meaning for me. Seeing it closer, recovered my idea of Ishak Pasa Palace and I started to understand why it is so famous.

    You start to see it in Dogubayazit center. Main road of the town goes to Palace direction. On this road, there is a place from where the busses depart for Palace. It is not a long way. The Palace fills the scene while getting closer. It stands over a huge piece of rock as if it was a part of it. Its three sides are look through a cliff. The rosy color of the stones and decorations makes it seem so fragile, even if its walls more than 1m thick.

    The construction started in 1685 by Colak Abdi Pasa and finished in 1784 by his grandson, Ishak Pasa. It covers a 7600 m2 area. The harem part had 2 floors, but now second floor is collapsed. Some says it was the first building with a central heating system on the world. Palace’s original doors were gold plated but they were brought to Moscow during 1917 Russian invasion.

    The first gate opens to the first court. There is the famous milk fountain by the gate. The door to dungeons and the waiting room are in this court, too.
    In the inner court, there is a tomb. It is the tomb of the parents of Ishak Pasa. It stands beside the mosque, and mosque is a part of the palace. There is a door on the right to the rooms, library and mosque. Harem part looks to the Urartu castle side. Every room has a fire place. This city is too cold in winter, so it is a must in even small rooms. And there is a room with the remnants of a balcony which look over the cliff. Ask for this room to see the cantilever beams of the balcony. Maybe you cannot find them yourself. They are wooden and they have three images on each one of them: an eagle (some says dragon), a lion and a man.
    There was a restoration going on and I couldn’t see the third court which comes after the court with the tomb.

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    Ahmed-i Xani Tomb

    by ozalp Written Nov 18, 2008

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    Ahmed-i Xani or Ehmede Hani (1651-?) is the writer of Mem u Zin, a famous Kurdish love story. He wrote it between 1690 and 1695 and the origin of the story was a legendary folk tale. This story was also the scenario of first movie of Turkey in Kurdish language with Turkish subtitles. I feel ashamed, I haven’t seen it.
    Now his tomb is a sacred place to visit, just above the Ishak Pasa Palace. You can walk just 200-300 meters between two structures. Women aren’t allowed in sacred places with short sleeves. I was wearing a t-shirt that day and couldn’t enter the tomb.

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    Noah's Ark

    by John195123 Written Mar 12, 2008

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    Of course this region of Turkey is known for the possibility of holding Noah's Ark. This place is popular for visitors, but I believe it's generally agreed that this isn't the real ark. It is an odd shape, though.

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    Ishak Pasa Palace

    by terrycowan Written Nov 17, 2006

    This is why most people come to Dogubayazit, and it doesn't fail to impress. The setting is spectacular, and the palace itself is fascinating. An exquisite mosque, a grand dining hall, swimming pools in the haram, and a 5-room dungeon--this place had it all!

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    Noah's Ark Park

    by terrycowan Written Nov 17, 2006

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    The Noah's Ark Park lies in the hills above a small village, located east of Dogubayazit, on the road to Iran. American adventurers and amateur archeologists have searched for remains of Noah's Ark for decades. One in particular thinks he has found it. There is a small visitor's center contains exhibits supporting the claim. From the visitors center, one can see the outline of "something" ship-shaped on the opposite hillside. This is supposedly the fossilized remains of the Ark. You are not allowed to venture closer to the site. If you want to believe it is, there is probably enough evidence to convince you. If you want to be sceptical of it all, there's probably not enough here to allay your doubts. Believe it or not. Either way, its a quirky little side-trip in this part of the world.

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    Mount Ararat

    by terrycowan Written Nov 17, 2006

    Mt. Ararat is simply incredible. The surrounding area is one of rolling, treeless hills--and then there is Mt. Ararat, which towers over everything else. Very impressive. Actually an extinct (?) volcano, the surrounding area for miles is covered in lava flows.

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    Noah's Ark

    by duncanburt Written Sep 3, 2005

    Now there is much debate to wheter this is really the resting place of the ark or not, but there is clearly a shape to be seen in the hillside!

    Noah's ark was found at the Durupinar site near Dogubayazit. A symmetrical streamlined stone structure near there has the right dimensions, and interior structure and symmetrically arranged traces of metal are consistent with the ark.

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    Meteor Crater and the border with Iran

    by duncanburt Written Sep 3, 2005

    When you are this close to the border with Iran, take a drive along the Silk Road to the only official border crossing with Iran in the area. Near the border there is a great big hole inthe ground that is supposed to be the result of a meteor strike!

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    Mount Ararat

    by duncanburt Updated Sep 3, 2005

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    As mentioned else where, get you guide to take you to a Kurdish Village at the foothills of Munt Ararat, here you can get the best view.

    This village is only a few km from the Iran border and gave us a really close up view of Ararat

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  • Jul 26, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    where exactly is the tomb of Ehmedê Xanî? Is it across the road from the Pasha Palace above the mosque and the fortress? ...help please!

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      Jul 31, 2013 at 1:38 PM

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