Scenery Sunday : Van, Turkey

Van is an urban city in southeastern Anatolia, Turkey. Sitting on the east coastline of Van Gölü (Lake Van).

It is only approximately 200 km from the Iranian border.

The surrounding area offers much history for those interested in Kalesi (castles) and Türbesi (tombs).

One Urartu castle, Çavuştepe is guarded by Mehmet Kuşman who is one of 25 people in the world who can read, write and speak Urartian. He makes souvenirs with Urartian inscriptions.

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Sunset at Van Kalesi castle Turkey

Sunset at Van Kalesi (castle)

View from within the ruin on top of the Van castle Turkey

View from within the ruin on top of the Van castle Turkey

View along Lake Van Turkey

View along Lake Van, Turkey

Akdamar Kilisesi - Church of Holy Cross on Akdamar island Lake Van Turkey

Akdamar Kilisesi – Church of Holy Cross on Akdamar island in Lake Van

Frescoes inside Akdamar Kilisesi - Church of Holy Cross on Akdamar Island Lake Van Turkey

Frescoes inside Akdamar Kilisesi – Church of Holy Cross on Akdamar Island in Lake Van

Halime Hatun Türbesi tomb at Gevaş cemetery Turkey

Halime Hatun Türbesi (tomb) at Gevaş cemetery Turkey

Military presence outside of Van Turkey - close to border with Iran

Military presence outside of Van Turkey – close to border with Iran

Crazy gigantic cabbage and I - love at first sight Turkey

Crazy gigantic cabbage and I – love at first sight Turkey

Hoşap kalesi Turkey

Hoşap kalesi Turkey

View of mosque from Hoşap kalesi Turkey

View of mosque from Hoşap kalesi (castle)

View of ancient walls and tower from Hoşap kalesi castle turkey

View of ancient walls and tower from Hoşap Kalesi (castle)

Archeologist working at Çavuştepe castle provides explanation of intended work for next 10 years to me and my friend Turkey

Archeologist working at Çavuştepe castle provides explanation of intended work for next 10 years to me and my friend

Urartian inscriptions on basalt stone at Cavustepe castle Turkey

Urartian inscriptions on basalt stone at Cavustepe castle

Mehmet Kuşman spoke to me in Urartian Lake Van Turkey

Mehmet Kuşman spoke to me in Urartian Lake Van ,Turkey

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