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Van Castle (Van Kalesi)

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Address: 5 km from the city center, Van, Turkey
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The Fortress of Van is a massive stone fortification built by the ancient kingdom of Urartu during the 9th to 7th centuries BC, and is the largest example of its kind. It... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 6, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

The Fortress of Van is a massive stone fortification built by the ancient kingdom of Urartu during the 9th to 7th centuries BC, and is the largest example of its kind. It overlooks the ruins of Tushpa the ancient Urartian capital during the 9th century which was centered upon the steep-sided bluff where the fortress now sits. A stereotyped trilingual... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Never been to a castle before and had a great time with friends exploring it. It was a climb so make sure you wear sneakers or comfortable shoes. The view is spectacular. Worth going.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

You can take a taxi to Van Kalesi for about 20 lira from the city center. It's a nice climb, and on top of the castle you will find a nice view of Van and the lake.

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Urmia, Iran
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

You will find the VAN logo in the area of this castle. the famous logo that can be seen every where on the net. Furthermore, the green area of the castle down there, is fabulous. there is a perfect and comfortable cafe there. Also, there is very light mineral water that can furnish your soul. As you go up, you... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

When in Van do not miss a visit to the castle. It is in excellent condition and they have made a walkway that is easy underfoot although a bit steep. From the top you have a wonderful view of the city and Lake Van. The castle forms an important part of the history of the area and walking around you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

A stone fortification built between 9th and 7th centuries B.C and some of the original walls are still standing. Part of the Urartu ancient kingdom and as I learnt there are still a handful of people practicising this language and writing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Didn't actually go in just dropped some people off there but it looked well worth a couple of hours of ones time to visit - it is huge and impressive. Need to be fit though as looks like some climbing and walking to cover it all. Also ignore touts at entrance who want to show you round with commentaries in... More 

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Tbilisi, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

When you read history books and look at the pictures, they really fail to represent all the greatness of the castle. Definitely a site to visit, because of great architecture and historical significance. We were there on gloomy and rainy day and it added to dramatic scenery as you could feel centuries passing in front of you. Great and amazing... More 

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Samsun, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Van Castle is an amazing place to see if you have the chance while in Turkey. It is on the eastern side of Turkey and a place where most visitors do not often find the time or energy to reach. However, it could be said that the eastern regions of Turkey hold treasures and history that many travelers would be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

I visited the castle several times. It is a great attraction with some caves, ancient inscriptions, monumental graves, carved rocks and a wonderful scenery. You can recognize it while the plane lands or take off.

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