Turkey: Ancient Cultures of Eastern Anatolia - paulsmit
'Relief in the Ishak Pasha Palace.'

	A Persian style floral relief decorates the wall of the second court in the Ishak Pasha Palace. The palace, south of Dogubayazit, was built in the 17th and 18th century by a family of Kurdish chieftains who grew rich by controlling the traffic on the trade route between Iran and Trabzon. The architecture of the complex is a stunning amalgam of Seljuk, Ottoman, Georgian, Persian and Armenian styles. Photo Mick Palarczyk.