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COUNTRY: TURKEY

VAN

AREA: 19.069 km²
POPULATION: 637.433 (1990)
TRAFFIC CODE: 65

DISTRICTS: Van (center), Bahçesaray, Başkale, Çaldıran, Çatak, Edrmit, Erciş, Gevaş.

SITES OF INTEREST: Shores of Van Lake, Akdamar Island, Bendimahi water fall, Horhor Spring, Toprakkale (Earth Castle), Van, Norgüh (Norkuh), Hoşap and Körzüt castles, Akdamar Church, Grand Mosque of Van, Hüsrev Pasha and İzdişar Mosques, Halime Hatun vault tomb, Hoşap Bridge, Van Museum.

Provincial Cultural Directorate

Tel: (432) 216 25 30
Fax: (432) 212 17 74

Cultural Center

A Hall with 480 seating capacity for opera, ballet, plays, etc.
Exhibition Hall
Library
4 Art Workshops

Contact Address: Kültür Merkezi Müdürlüğü - Van
Tel: (432) 216 96 92
Fax: (432) 212 12 51

State Fine Arts Gallery Directorate

SSK Binası K.Karabekir Cad. No:51/C
VAN
Tel: (0 432) 216 25 30
Fax: 212 17 34

Museum

Van Museum
Address: Şerefiye Mah. Hacı Osman Sok. No: 9 - Van
Tel: (432) 216 11 39
Fax: (432) 214 25 10

Detailed Information about Van Museum and Historical Sites

Historical Sites and Ruins

Van Museum
Van Castle - Center
Hoşap Castle - Gürpınar
Akdamar - Gevaş
Hoşap Bridge - Gürpınar
Abdurrahman Gazi Mausoleum
Center
Kaya Çelebi Mosque- Center
HüsrevPasha Mosque- Center
Grand Mosque- Center
Kızıl Mosque- Center
Beyazözümü Village - Center
Zernaki Hill - Erciş
Zeland War Graves - Center
Çarpanak Church - Center / Çitiören Village
Topkale Castle- Center
Adir Church - Center / Halkalı
Hoşap Graveyard - Gürpınar
Gevaş Seljuk Graveyard - Gevaş
Historical Stone Bridge -Hakkari - Şemdinli - Bağlar
Kelat Palace-Hakkari - Şemdinli - Bağlar
Kayme Palace-Hakkari - Şemdinli - Bağlar
Yeşil Monumental Rock Grave -Özalp -Yeşilalıç
Idol Cave - Gürpınar - Yeşilsalkım
Ziand Inn - Çatak
Van House - Center
House (in ruins) - Center
Mosque- Center
Mosque- Center
Biçermah Historical Graveyard - Hakkari - Center
Çukurca Ward. - Hakkari - Çukurca
Nehri Graveyard - Hakkari - Şemdinli - Bağlar
Lower Anzaf Castle - Center - Lower Anzaf
Mausoleum - Center
House - Center
Church - Center
Mausoleum - Center
Dilkaya Village - Edremit
Yavuzlar Natural Formation - Başkale - Yavuzlar
Zeril Bridge - Çatak
Hurkan Bridge - Çatak
Yanal Church - Başkale - Yanal
Çavuştepe Castle - Gürpınar - Çavuştepe
Ayanıs Castle - Center - Agartı
HüsrevPasha Mausoleum - Center
Cemetery of the old Van city- Center
Molla Kasım Mausoleum and Graveyard - Center - Molla Kasım
Otluca Village Cemetery - Center - Otluca
Molla Hıdırı Fır. M. - Başkale - Yavuzlar
Kaleören Village Cemetery - Başkale - Kaleören
Barış Village Cemetery - Başkale - Barış
Tepebeşı district Cemetery - Başkale
Germen Village Cemetery - Başkale - Germen
Çatak historical grave - Çatak
Aliyar vault tomb - Erçiş
Nişancı - Erçiş
Tekler Village Cemetery. - Erçiş/Tekler
Ziyaret Village Cemetery. - Erçiş/ Ziyaret
Haydar Bey Village Cemetry. - Erçiş/Haydar Bey
Çelebi Bağı Cemetery. - Erçiş
Hamur Kesen Village Cemetry. - Gürpınar/Hamur Kesen
Ganisipi water fall - Çatak
Bend-i Mahi water fall - Muradiye
Hamurkesen Mosque- Gürpınar/Hamurkesen
Yukarı Anzaf Castle - Center/Dereüstü
Muradiye Church - Muradiye
Bend-i Mahi Bridge - Muradiye/Karahan
İzzettin Şir Mosque- Gevaş
Iron Melting Center - Gevaş/Balan
Vocational School - Center
Közüt Castle - Muradiye
Muradiye Castle - Muradiye
Hasan Bey school, mausoleum. - Gürpınar
Hoşap Inn - Gürpınar
Tuşpa Necropol - Center
Evliya Bey School - Center
Amik Castle - Center/Amik
Alaköy Urartu Castle - Center/Alaköy
Ermişler Urartu - Center/Ermişler
Karagündüz Tumulus - Center/Karagündüz

Registered Immobile Cultural and Natural Heritages in Van

Sites
Archaeological Sites: 28
Urban Sites: -
Natural Sites: 5
Historical Sites: 1
Other Sites
Archaeological and Natural Sites: 3
Total: 37
Cultural (at Single Construction Scale) and Natural Heritages: 116
TOTAL: 153

Significant Days

Freedom from Occupation Days:

Freedom Day - Erciş
Erciş District
1 April

Freedom Day - Van
Van
2 April

Freedom Day - Muradiye
Muradiye District
2 April

Freedom Day - Başkale
Başkale District
22 April

Freedom Day - Özalp
Özalp District
3 April

Freedom Day - Gürpınar
Gürpınar District
1 April

Top Picture: Akdamar Church (915-921)
Bottom Picture: Van Castle - At Tushba, which was the capital of Urartu State in 9th century B.C

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