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Hosap Castle (Hosap Kalesi)
Ranked #6 of 27 things to do in Van
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Reviewed 26 September 2013

There's not much to see here and the attraction would have got a lower rating from me but the sight of the castle as you approach it is truly magnificent and so it gets a slightly higher score. It just doesn't live up to its promise.

2  Thank Marc M
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Reviewed 19 April 2013

This place is the most fantastic castle setting anywhere. This place gives the feeling of being on the edge of the world, a crumbling structure sitting in the middle of a vast desert wilderness, high on a hill overlooking emptiness. It's full of fairytale atmosphere. It was the last caravan stop in the Ottoman Empire before going into the wilderness of the Silk Road, or the first hint of civilization coming in from the Silk Road. The central tower looks like the castle from the first Lord of the Rings where the group got attacked by the Witch Kings at night in a castle. The site is free for now. So few tourists come here that the castle is locked except when tourists show up. So if you arrive and nobody is there, you should stand overlooking the village and just wave to anyone. The guard lives right at the bottom of the road going to the entrance. Whoever sees you will tell him, and he will come up to open the gate for you and be your guide, and also make sure you don't damage anything or kill yourself falling over a cliff. If you go during the summer, the site should be filled with people restoring the castle for the next few years. Outside of that, expect to be the only person visiting the place when you're there, which is what you want.

3  Thank wvzjxq
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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 be right by myside to hold me for control. You need to put hım ın hıs place from the begınnıng but even as I was leavıng he was tryıng to get me to take a short cut through a path behınd the castle to the vıllage on the bottom of the hıll.

5  Thank Totoro M
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Reviewed 23 November 2011

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

2  Thank amcsaenz
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

Hosap castle was a real castle, well preserved and still being restored. The entrance gate was impressive and there was a tunnel through the rock and up a wide staircase to reach the interior of the castle. It was of course built on a rock, and it had been surrounded by a mud brick wall beyond the town, some of which, with its watch towers was still visible. The visit was part of a day trip Haran who runs ararat-trek.com, he never hurried us and had lots of information. We were the only visitors to the castle so culd wander at will. When we came out small children were there to sell us tiny knitted boots, scarves and lace-work. Harun turned some Kurdish music on in his van, much to the delight of the children, they started to dance and I had to join in, a magical moment. There was no entry fee but we paid the old man who unlocked the gate 3 lire each.

Thank suzie I
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