Author(s): Sahabettin ÖZTÜRK
Because of the location and strategical character, Do?ubayaz?t, located at the south-western foot of the Mount Ararat, has been headed by many civilizations since Prehistoric Period till today. In the past and today, Do?ubayaz?t has been on the trade route starting from Central Asia.
Once being a sanjak capitol of the Ottoman Empire, Do?ubayaz?t had been province during the first four years of newly-founded Turkish Republic. The word “Do?u (East)” was added to the name on 1st March, 1934 and it has been called Do?ubayaz?t since then. It turned out to be the provincial center with decree of the Council of Ministers in 1927. The city that had been located on the western slope of Ishak Pa?a Palace, settled in the current plain expanding rapidly toward west after 1940s. Ke?i?in Bahçesi (The Monk’s Garden) that is located on approximately 5 km. north-east of Do?ubayaz?t city had been used for many social and cultural facilities by Do?ubeyaz?t residents until 1990. The inscription in the marble epitaph over Entrance Gate of the Garden was disappeared entirely. Considering the building’s structural technique and material, it is figured out that it was built between the end of XVth century and early XVIth century. It is accepted as the scene of the legend “Kerem and Asl?,” ranked with prominent classics of Oriental Literature by both regional and local people of Iran. Ke?i?in Bahçesi (The Monk’s Garden), one of the buildings at texture of the city Old Do?ubayaz?t is the only surviving building on the contrary of other buildings. However, today it is in an unusable condition having lost of former importance after quite dilapidation and impacts of fire since the year 2010.
Restoration Department Head of Van Yüzüncü Y?l University, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Department of Architecture, conducts works in order to acquire the building for the city’s culture and tourism. Works intended for preservation have been continuing in collaboration with Do?ubayaz?t Municipality.