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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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Huge and looks interesting

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

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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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
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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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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35 helpful votes 35 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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127 helpful votes 127 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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Lafayette, California
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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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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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