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.
Sunset at Van Kalesi (castle)
View from within the ruin on top of the Van castle Turkey
View along 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 in Lake Van
Halime Hatun Türbesi (tomb) at Gevaş cemetery Turkey
Military presence outside of Van Turkey – close to border with Iran
Crazy gigantic cabbage and I – love at first sight Turkey
Hoşap kalesi Turkey
View of mosque from Hoşap kalesi (castle)
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
Urartian inscriptions on basalt stone at Cavustepe castle
Mehmet Kuşman spoke to me in Urartian Lake Van ,Turkey