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Van Castle (Van Kalesi)

5 km from the city center, Van, Turkey
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Ranked #4 of 15 attractions in Van
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
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Russia
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126 reviews 126 reviews
29 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
27 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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140 reviews 140 reviews
51 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
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
15 helpful votes 15 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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New York City, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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45 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

You need quite a lot of imagination to realise what must have been on the site but the views from the top are excellent and not every city has a great big historic rock so close to the centre of town!

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Hong Kong, China
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81 reviews 81 reviews
28 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

Very good castle but hard work in the July heat. Path and steps uphill about 0.75 klms . There is a beautiful tea garden at base and a grass lawn

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Ankara, Turkey
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80 reviews 80 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

A visit to the city of Van should start with local breakfast. The cheese with herbs is aromatic and you can buy them at the Cheese Market of the city. Van is also famous for its honey but rumors say that the honey is recently produced in Antalya (!). Van Castle is a broad and big structure on top of... More

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