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Hosap Castle (Hosap Kalesi), Van
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Hoşap Castle, is a large medieval castle located in the village of Güzelsu, Gürpınar District, Van Province, Eastern Anatolia, Turkey. It is at a distance of approximately 50 km to the city center of Van. Most of the surviving structure was built by the local Ottoman-Kurdish governor Sarı Süleyman Bey in 1643. Hoşap or Xoşabê means Sunday in Aramaic. It also means "beautiful water" in Persian and "Güzelsu" has the same meaning in Turkish.The former town of Hoşap lay on the flat ground north of the castle rock and in the enclosed space on the opposite side of the castle from the road; the present village extends into this space. The town was defended at one corner by the castle and elsewhere by a wall, which originally started from the ends of the castle’s two cliffs. Built of mud, and toothed with the remains of mud battlements, the wall of the early Ottoman period can still be seen in stretches.On the north of the former town it now starts from a point beyond but the line of the cliff, near the Van road and extends along a natural ridge eastwards. From the castle’s southerly cliff the wall crosses the low saddle to the north-east. The two walls meet at the summit of the next hill, in order to keep control of all the land commanding the town. Beyond this hill’s summit stretches a seemingly empty expanse of low, spreading hills.
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  • The castle is a reasonable drive (we had our own car) from Van - it is on one of the main roads to Iran so possible to get there by bus. Small charge to get in - you can drive around the back and get ...  more »
  • Great place to climb and explore. When we arrived was locked up but with a telephone number to contact. Within minutes somebody arrived and unlocked it. Partly restored. Only people there. In the vill...  more »
  • The 17th century castle was built by the local Kurdish ruler. Strikes the wall thickness and the size of the towers. Inside the Castle housed the houses, a mosque and another fortified castle. Through the embrasures can admire the surrounding Castle Mountain Valley.
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  • As awesome as the maintenance history of zero. We came all the way Castle happy 0 points
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  • Castle of hosap: Giri district inscription 1643 was commissioned by Seljuk Shaftoe in Emil's work. Bailey is on its way. Under the Castle and rocks through the Hall Water flows. 360 in the Castle cell, two mosques, three baths, Dungeon and wells. It is surrounded by three walls.
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  • Restoration work has been suspended, I'm afraid, you know why. But it is also a tremendous historical monuments to be seen.
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  • The pleasure of seeing lucky to be that I've done, it's a great historical monuments.
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