Eastern Turkey: Doğubayazıt

After our first night in Van, we traveled 110 miles north to Doğubayazıt. Our goal was to see Ağrı Dağı (Mount Ararat) and visit Ishak Pasha Palace.

We were super pumped to be within a mile and a half of Iran. David pointed out every watch tower along the border.


Van to Dogubayazit


The drive took over three hours. As we traveled north, we saw a lot more snow. We also ran into fog which made for some scary driving, but David mastered it like a pro.


Snowy roadside


We finally got to Doğubayazıt only to run into some political protests in the street. (Don’t worry – nothing violent.) Police were blocking the street we needed, and we circled around for quite a while trying to find a different way to the palace. We ended up stopping just outside of the town to regroup and stretch our legs.


Our rental car


Behind us, you can see part of Mount Ararat beneath the fog:


Group by Ararat


David wanted to say “I ran near Iran!” so he used his GPS watch and went on a little jog:


David running


Since we had driven so far, we went back into town to see if we could get to the palace one more time. Fortunately, a policeman finally let us through! Do you see the palace? It’s directly above the last power pole:


Driving to Ishak Palace


Ishak palace


Ishak Pasha Palace was built in 1685 during the Ottoman period. Entry was 5TL or free with the Müze card.


Ishak Palace Entryway




This is the ceiling of the mosque within the palace:


Ishak Palace ceiling


The view of the surrounding landscape was incredible:


Mountain view out window


Mountain Landscape


It was International Women’s Day so we took a picture of the girls in the hamam:


Women's Day


After a while at the castle, we decided to head back so we wouldn’t have to drive in the dark. We passed through several small towns along the way:


Turkish town


Political party flags


We made a quick stop about 35 miles outside of Van at Muradiye Waterfalls. The Turkish word for waterfall is şelale (sheh-lah-lay) – isn’t that pretty? We walked across the suspension bridge and back, but didn’t stay very long. I’m sure it’s much nicer when everything is green and in bloom.


Muradiye waterfall


Muradiye waterfall


I never thought I would see so much of eastern Turkey. And we still had one more day!

PS. Did you know there’s Mount Ararat bottled water?


Mount Ararat water


» Read about our first day in Van here.
» Read about our last day at Akdamar Island here.


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  • Reply Kathleen

    This is seriously amazing! Turkey is truly a beautiful place.

    March 26, 2014 at 2:37 am
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