Van Castle is an Iron Age castle, which now stands as a stunning ruin on the rocks to the west of the modern city of Van.
The Fortress of Van is a massive stone fortification built by the ancient kingdom of Urartu during the 9th to 7th centuries BC.
Urartu, corresponding to the biblical Kingdom of Ararat or Kingdom of Van was an Iron Age kingdom centered on Lake Van in the Armenian Highlands.
There is an old mosque on the top of the castle hill. It was built by the Ottoman Sultan, Suleiman the Magnificent (1494-1566). It was closed today.
The Castle 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.
Summer grasses, All that remains, Of warriors’ dreams