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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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A must see place once in Turkey

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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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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Cammeray, NSW, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The ascent of Van Rock makes a pleasant end to a day. There is a very well maintained path to the top - but I wouldn't plan to come back after dark as the path lighting appears to be broken. The actual castle ruins are pretty average and where mud bricks were used have eroded badly. Climb the rock for... More 

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Tabriz, Iran
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28 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Excellent historical place for history lovers that anciant van city was there. ancient castle and walls are displayable clearly. in this ancient area the castle is above and drowned stony hill. In the end of acstel and stony hill to the lake and in the middle of hill you can see ancient Inscription of Xerxes the Great Iranian King.

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Russia
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29 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Amazing fortress with splendid view for the sunset if you come on time. There is also a "secret" non-tourist path which allows you to walk along the great fortification wall of the castle. It is used only by locals and is simply not accessible if you come from the main entrance.To climb the wall you have to enter the site... More 

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San Francisco, California
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27 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We were there to see the cuneiform inscriptions. With a guide we followed an old worn stone path with some rough stairs cut out of the mountainside. Steep and narrow stairs lead to the large panels with cuneiform inscriptions. They were impressive. This area was fenced in but the guide unlocked the gate. Past the panels the stairs took us... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

An easy climb to see the rebuilt walls. Check out the white cats for different colored eyes. Would like to have seen signs to tell what we were seeing.

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Essen
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

There is no problem to climb up to the top of the castle though the path was snowy and partly icy. And it is definitely worth going there: you have a stunning view into all directions, over the beautiful lake to the snow-covered mountains, all views are really wonderful. And from the southern edge, you can see the few rests... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

Van Kalesi (Van Castle), part of the Urartian capital (~1000 BC) is ~2 miles west of the city. It is built on a rocky outcrop (The Rock of Van) about a mile long, 350 ft tall and quite narrow. The highlight of the visit is the rock tomb of Argishti 1 (785–760 BC) set in the sheer cliff south face... More 

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adelaide
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

if you need to take public transport, there is a dolmus that says KALE to take you close to the site. Where the dolmus drops you off you need to walk around 1km down a dirt road to the entrance where you pay your 3 lira entrance fee. most of the path up to the top has been recently re... More 

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Pleasant Hill, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Due to the altitude it took a little longer than at sea level to climb to the top of Van Castle. Well worth the visit if you have a guide to give you all the information. Great views.

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