The town of Doğubeyazıt (pronounced DOHUBEYAZUT), sometimes also spelled as Doğubayazit, lies 15 km from Mount Ararat (Ağrı Dağ) and 35 km from the Iranian border. Although Doğubeyazit itself is a charmless border town, its surroundings are spectacular. Sightseeing highlights are the breathtaking twin vulcanoes of Mount Ararat with its 5135 m the largest mountain of Turkey, the palace of Ishak Pasha, the Ark of Noah, the vulcanic hot springs of Diyadin, the meteor crater, and on top of all that the typical setting of a border town in the Middle East.
The palace of Ishak Pasha, lying at 6 km southeast of Doğubeyazit, is the most important historical monument of the region and one of the highlights of a visit to Turkey. It is a superb mixture of every architectural style extant in Turkey: Seljuk, Ottoman, Armenian, Georgian, and Persian influences are all clearly present. Construction of the fortress-palace was started in 1685 by Colak Abdi Pasha (Çolak Abdı Paşa), the bey of Beyazit province and completed by his grandson Ishak (Isaac) Pasha in 1784. The gold-plated doors, masterpieces of Kurdish craftsmanship, were removed by Russian troops at their retreat from Anatolia in 1917 and are now on display in St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum.
Across the valley there are a mosque and the ruins of an ancient Urartian fortress (13th to 7th century BC). In the neighborhood of İshak Pasha Sarayı there are also the ruins of Eski Beyazit (old Beyazit) which was deserted during the 1930's and some typical Kurdish farm houses. A drive through some rather rough terrain leads to the place where some people claim to have found Noah's (Nuh) ark. In June, spring has just begun here and an occasional thunderstorm can happen, but it is also an opportunity to take some great pictures. At Diyadin Hot Springs the volcanic landscape is of prehistoric greatness. A relaxing bath in the hot springs makes it a perfect day.
- Mount Ararat - Ağrı Dağ Mount Ararat - Ağrı Dağ
- Ishak Pasha Palace Ishak Pasha Palace
- Inside Ishak Pasha Palace Inside Ishak Pasha Palace
- Silk Road entering Turkey from Iran Silk Road entering Turkey from Iran
- Kurdish village house Kurdish village house
- On the road to Noah's Ark On the road to Noah's Ark
- Thunderstorm at the yayla Thunderstorm at the yayla
- Scenery at Diyadin Scenery at Diyadin
- Sulphur springs at Diyadin Sulphur springs at Diyadin
- Geysers at the hot springs of Diyadin Geysers at the hot springs of Diyadin
- Bathing at Diyadin hot springs Bathing at Diyadin hot springs
- Kurdish girl Kurdish girl
- Armenian cemetery Armenian cemetery