Van Turkey

On the way from Ahlat to the city of Van, the Mount Süphan came into view.

Mt. Süphan is a volcano located in eastern Turkey, immediately north of Lake Van.

Mt. Süphan is a volcano located in eastern Turkey, immediately north of Lake Van.

Mount Süphan is the second highest volcano in Turkey, with an elevation of 4,058 meters.

Map of the Van Area

Map of the Van Area

Driving to the east along the Lake Van. Getting into the city of Van. Night view from my hotel room.

Driving to the east along the Lake Van. Getting into the city of Van. Night view from my hotel room.

The next morning, I took a walk around the hotel before breakfast.

Buyuk Urartu Hotel on the Şerefiye Street, New District. There are a lot of modern buildings in this area.

Buyuk Urartu Hotel on the Şerefiye Street, New District. There are a lot of modern buildings in this area.

They have breakfast on the vacant lot, “would you like to eat together?” “Thanks, but I have to eat with my friend!” At a fruit shop. "Good morning." "Have a nice trip!" Office workers have to go to the work, though it is so fine. Smoking high school student under cover shouted "don't take photo!"

They have breakfast on the vacant lot, “would you like to eat together?” “Thanks, but I have to eat with my friend!” At a fruit shop. “Good morning.” “Have a nice trip!” Office workers have to go to the work, though it is so fine. Smoking high school student under cover shouted “don’t take photo!”

Most of locals are very cheerful and friendly. I got a brochure of the city at the tourist information office.

Van old town map, western and eastern half.

Van old town map, western and eastern half.

Sites of the old Van; Photos from the brochure.

Sites of the old Van; Photos from the brochure.

Van is a city in eastern Turkey, Van Province, located on the eastern shore of Lake Van. The city has a long history as a major urban area. It has been a large city since the first millennium BC, initially as the capital of Urartu in the 9th century BC and later as the center of the Armenian Kingdom of Vaspurakan. It remained an important center of Armenian culture until the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Today, Van has a Kurdish majority and a sizable Turkish minority. The City of Van has a population of 370,190 in 2012.

Modern Van City from the Van Castle

Modern Van City from the Van Castle

Lake Van

Lake Van

Lake Van is the largest lake in Turkey, located in the far east of the country in the provinces of Van and Bitlis. It is a saline soda lake, receiving water from numerous small streams that descend from the surrounding mountains. Lake Van is one of the world’s largest endorheic lakes (having no outlet). The original outlet from the basin was blocked by an ancient volcanic eruption.

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