Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Ishak Pasha Palace restoration to be complete in 2013

Ishak Pasha Palace in Turkey’s eastern Agri province is to be completely restored by 2013 by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

The ministry regional director, Muhsin Bulut, said: “Treasure hunters have done serious damage to the palace, especially on the observatory patio. It may not be seen as important by these people, but even a small mistake can lead to serious damage.”

To cost a total of 8 million Turkish Lira, the project will see the famous palace, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site restored to its former glory. The palace was constructed in 1685 by Colak Abdi Pasha, the ruler of Dogubeyazit and took 99 years to complete; the project was completed by his grandson Ishak Pasha in 1784.

The palace is a major tourism hot spot in Turkey and is known worldwide. The palace was the first I history to have a central heating system in place, and consists of 116 rooms, court halls, a mosque, and a shrine. The restoration of the palace is expected to give a significant boost to tourism in the area.


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