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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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Inexpensive, interesting, good views.

Van Castle was cool. We went in winter and it was free for some reason, although I think usually you pay 5TL. If you hike all the way to the top, you can see great views of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 31, 2015
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Corinth, Vermont
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Corinth, Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Van Castle was cool. We went in winter and it was free for some reason, although I think usually you pay 5TL. If you hike all the way to the top, you can see great views of the city and Lake Van. It's a pretty majestic castle on a hill and the way the city sounds echo around you in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

castle is up on the hill; 10-15 minutes walking. there are not any fences be carefull on the edges. there are not any store up the castle; it would be good to take a bottle og water with you.

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Thank Emre C
Perth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

we visited Van castle with with 2 great guides Sabah & Yusuf, this was wonderful place dating from the 8 century We highly recommend a visit to this impressive site

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Van castle dates back to Urartu times, one of the first civilization who wrote all about life. You can see the one of the first writing mankind used on the walls of the castle. Of course there is the beatiful view of the Van lake, or Van Sea as the local people call.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Also known as the Rock of Van, Van Kalesi is an ancient Urartu fortress dating to the 8th century BC. It's a fun walk to the top, and the resulting views are worth the trip.

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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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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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