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Van pictures - Turkey

Bütün Türkiye resimleri için buraya basınız
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Coming to Van I was nonplussed not to find the very old city, narrow streets, old houses, ancient mosques, and some Hittite and Roman antiquities thrown in that I expected. Instead I found a 20th century city. Only then did I read a bit about the subject, and learned that old Van had been destroyed in 1915 by the Ottomans, to prevent the conquering Russian from profiting from it’s existence. The region has a large Kurdish population; the Armenian section of the population, which had nationalist aspirations, was deported by government order and was subsequently massacred during World War I (source of the last line: Encyclopaedia Brittanica). Some ten years later a new city was founded to the East. So no old Van. But there is a Kale, a hill with fortress on it, well worth the visit, and an hours bus ride will bring you to Akdamar, with a splendid Armenian church on an island. I liked it so I gave it a gallery of its own.

After a Septermber 2012 visit I finally show a decent collection of what the city looks like, unfortunately a vity that has seen two devastating earthquakes in 2011. The damage is obvious in many places, I was impressed by the people who now live on in a good humour as well as by the amount of repair being undertaken.
I will add some captions later, it may take a while because I intend to finish Akdamar pictures first. I will also shortly add a gallery with pictures from the Yedi Kilesi complex.
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The Van Kalesi (Van citadel)
The Van Kalesi (Van citadel)
The Van archeaological museum
The Van archeaological museum
The Yedi Kilese complex near Van
The Yedi Kilese complex near Van
Van at wedding
Van at wedding
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