Van Kalesi (Castle) Turkey

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.

We arrived at the entrance gate of Van Castle from the hotel.

We arrived at the entrance gate of Van Castle, Atatürk Culture Park, from the hotel.

In the Atatürk Culture Park, there is a stream and a stone arch bridge.

In the Atatürk Culture Park, there is a stream and a stone arch bridge.

Up the rocky hill and walking a narrow mountain path.

Up the rocky hill and walking a narrow mountain path.

The Fortress of Van is a massive stone fortification built by the ancient kingdom of Urartu during the 9th to 7th centuries BC.

Ruined room of the Van Castle

Ruined room of the Van Castle

Territory of Urartu Kingdom, 9th–6th centuries BC.

Territory of Urartu Kingdom, 9th–6th centuries BC. (Map from the brochure.)

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.

You have to climb steep stone stairs and rocky slope.

You have to climb steep stone stairs and rocky slope.

Finally, we arrived at the top of the castle hill.

Finally, we arrived at the top of the castle hill.

Through the ruined gate to the keep of Van Castle.

Through the ruined gate to the keep of Van Castle.

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.

Found a moscow, through the gate, and took some photos.

Found a mosque, through the gate, and took some photos.

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.

Ruins of Tushpa (9th-century BC, the capital of Urartu Kingdom)

Ruins of Tushpa (9th-century BC, the capital of Urartu Kingdom)

Summer grasses, All that remains, Of warriors’ dreams

We descended to the this world.

We descended to the this world.

Souvenir shop nearby

Souvenir shop nearby

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