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Hosap Castle (Hosap Kalesi)

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Address: Merkez Gurpinar Merkez, Gurpinar, Van, Turkey

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Unique old castle in a fascinating area

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 November 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 close or walk up the path from the front (main road side) well worth the... More 

Thank WellingtonGavin
Billericay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 as nothing at the castle.

Thank footiemum90
Taipei, Taiwan
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 key keeper of the castle. We waited nearly two hours for him to open the... More 

Thank mayi6011
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 the way to the Iranian border. Hope to visit there some time again with Murat... More 

Thank alexyuhk
Ankara, Turkey
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4 of 5 bubbles 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
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 were really friendly. To go from Hoşap to çavustepe, you can ask the locals and... More 

Thank Mgiaco
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2015

Hosap Castle is an old Kurdish fortress and was build in about 1645. It is located 65 km from Van City and the drive there is on a good road through lovely countryside. Parts of the castle is well preserved and you can form an idea of what it must have looked like originally. The views from the top is... More 

Thank Helena B
new zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2015

A large medieval castle south of Van that was built around 1650. Built by local governor Sari Suleyman Bey. Although not all completely intact a neat piece of architecture and some great views once you climb to the top.

Thank thesmdm
Cammeray, NSW, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2014

The drive from Van to Hoşap is relatively interesting - and the view of the castle in the middle of the valley as you approach is impressive. You enter the castle through a stone gateway with inscriptions - but once inside you have to clamber up a rough (and when we went muddy) slope. The outside of the castle is... More 

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