Photographer's Note

Built on a high plateau during much of the eighteenth century, in eastern Turkey near Mount Ararat, Ishak Pasa Palace is a big complex whose construction started under the local governor Ishak Pasha, and finished 95 years later by his grandson Mehmet Pasha.

The palace with a dimension of 50m x 115m, is as large as a soccer field and includes a big courtyard, over 100 rooms and a mosque, whose minaret can be seen in the bakcground of the picture. It is a mixture of many styles: Ottoman with respect to its plan, Seljukid with its front door and Turkestani with its dome.


When I met this elderly he was waiting for a bus in front of Ishak Pasa Palace. He looked as if he jumped out of a scene dating back to the 19th century. He was an exceptional model, I couldn’t miss the opportunity.

I sat next to him, shared some crackers. When I started small talk in order to create a friendly atmosphere, he turned to me and said, referring to a group of mountaineers who left minutes ago:

“Son, if you want to take pictures, take it, no problem. They all did...” :-)

Scanned from slide, cropped and increased sharpness and local brightness.

For a different perspective of Ishak Pasa:

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Additional Photos by Erdem Kutukoglu (Suppiluliuma) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 266 W: 105 N: 604] (3931)
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