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“A very revealing place” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ancient Urartian site of Cavustepe (Sardurihinilli)

Ancient Urartian site of Cavustepe (Sardurihinilli)
Ranked #8 of 27 things to do in Van
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A very revealing place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2013

I didn't know much about this place before visiting but the kick of walking round the ruins of a 2,700 year old building atop a hill with a great panoramic view was superb. Being able to touch the smooth-as-silk basalt rocks with their inscriptions which look as if they were carved yesterday brought the place alive. Well worth a visit.

Visited September 2013
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Istanbul, Turkey
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73 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Meet with Mehmet Kusman”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

Don't come back from here before meeting with Mehmet Kusman who knows the Urartu language. This place was a great place, but Mehmet Kusman was the best part of Cavustepe visit. Also, if you're lucky, he may guide you through the Cavustepe too.

Visited September 2013
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Van, Turkey
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27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“well worth visiting, Urartian hilltop castle which also acted as a granary”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2013

About 20 kms outside Van on the road to hakkari. The castle stretches along the narrow ridge if a lozenge shaped hill with commanding views if the surrounding countryside. Although all the buikdinfs are reduced to chest height you can easily see the layout of the complex which includes temples with inscriptions of dedication, store rooms, granaries (including clay vats still containing grain), cisterns, accommodation rooms, sacrificial altar and an ancient squat toilet, all dating back 2700 years. The chances are that you will have the place to yourself. The problem is it is not easy to get to without your own transport. Best way to get there is with Alkans Tours, see Lonely Planet for all the information you need.

Visited August 2013
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Istanbul, Turkey
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26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“Amazing palace,”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2013

You will really enjoy the location as well as the architecture of the complex, with a shrine ,storage places, Harem section, old toilette :) cistern, Urartian inscription, if Mr Mehmet is there he can also translate everything about Urartian language,,

Visited May 2013
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“Visit on the way to Hosap”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2013

Worth visiting only on the way to Hosap. The stonework is amazing and the view of the plains is breathtaking, although the site itself is small.

Visited April 2013
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