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Hosap Castle (Hosap Kalesi)

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Large, towering castle

We've visited one and passed this site a couple more times. It is a very imposing structure with... read more

Reviewed 22 December 2017
Aradippou, Cyprus
Huge surprise on the road

When you have a trip from Van city center to here; ın the way it's waiting you with all majesty. It... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2017
Istanbul, Turkey
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  • Average17%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Merkez Gurpinar Merkez, Gurpinar, Van, Turkey
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 6 July 2012

Fantastic place to visit and an easy trip from Van. WARNING FOR SOLO FEMALE TRAVELERS -- The man who unlocked the gate acts as a guide and is touchy! He was a very skınny tall man who kept tryıng to say that he needed to...More

5  Thank Totoro M
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 23 November 2011

Only if you are ready to walk and climb a lot! Cuneiform writing on stones is teh goal!

3  Thank amcsaenz
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

We've visited one and passed this site a couple more times. It is a very imposing structure with much still intact to wander around. I would recommend having a tea in one of the shops below. Gurpinar is a small, poor village and just sitting...More

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Reviewed 24 July 2017

When you have a trip from Van city center to here; ın the way it's waiting you with all majesty. It is unbelievably and amazing. You should visit it.

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Reviewed 4 May 2017

This was built by the Kurds to control access along the route into Persia, and derive income from the through-traffic. It is so well built that even the Turks failed to take it after a 25-day siege in the C17th . It is not the...More

1  Thank Rod F
Reviewed 26 November 2016

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

Thank WellingtonGavin
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

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 village few tea shops so make use of those for drinks etc...More

Thank footiemum90
Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

Visited the site in mid-April, 2016 and only to find out it is still under restoration (obviously the news has not yet been known by many. When we arrived, a tour guide and his guests were about to leave). The locals helped us locate the...More

Thank mayi6011
Reviewed 10 April 2016

Travelled with Murat from the family-run Eastern Turkey Tour - really friendly and knowledgable driver and guide who shows Hoşap, Çavuştepe and of course Akdamar Island. Unfortunately it was closed off at the entrance due to restoration work. But stunning enough from outside and on...More

Thank alexyuhk
Reviewed 30 January 2016

This is a neat castle on a hill, about halfway between Van and Hakkari. In addition to the castle, a line of older fortifications runs across some nearby hills.

Thank KoAmFam
Reviewed 1 November 2015

The castle is located on a hill and just below there is a river. Near the hillside just below the castle, there are local stores which make you feel like time is stop fouur hundred years ago.

Thank neslihan serap S
Reviewed 15 July 2015 via mobile

Easy to get on your own to get a van and being dropped off near Hoşap. Beautiful but right now it is being restored so you can not access every part. I met no guard as the castle was open, just a few employees that...More

Thank Mgiaco
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