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Adana - Van
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25 July 2017, Tuesday 12:25
Ankara - Van
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23 July 2017, Sunday 10:15
Istanbul - Van
direct-flight - 2h 5m
17 July 2017, Monday 17:50
Antalya - Van
direct-flight - 1h 50m
19 July 2017, Wednesday 09:05
Izmir - Van
direct-flight - 2h 5m
26 July 2017, Wednesday 16:40
Kayseri - Van
1 stop - 3h 35m
17 July 2017, Monday 05:45
Bodrum - Van
1 stop - 2h 50m
06 July 2017, Thursday 07:45
Samsun - Van
1 stop - 3h 45m
11 July 2017, Tuesday 07:45

Van, Turkey

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Van is a generously beautiful city in which you don't feel like you're in an eastern Mesopotamia province, thanks to its mild climate. It is surrounded by Ağrı province in the North, Bitlis and Siirt provinces in the West, Hakkari and Şırnak provinces in the south and by the country of Iran in the east.

The history of Van, which had started with Urartu era (a.k.a. Kingdom of Van), is dating back as far as the 7000 B.C. Afterwards, the city had come under the dominations of the Kingdom of Med, Alexander the Great, Armenians, Romans, Sassanid Empire and Byzantine Empire respectively. The city had been ruled by Arabs after the year of 644 and later, by Seljuk and Ottoman Empires. Starting from the 11th century onward, Turkic nations had settled in Van and until 20th century, there were significant Armenian, Turkish, Kurdish and Arabic populations in the city. The traditions of Van, which had dominantly got influenced by Ottoman and Iranian traditions, still have the characteristic of a unique place where different cultures co-exist within a peaceful environment. 

Places to See in Van

There are significant numbers of places to see in Van. You feel quite attached to this city that becomes even more intriguing once you have seen and learn more about its history, culture and nature.

The Lake Van which had been formed due to the eruption occurred in Nemrut mountain exactly 60.000 years ago, is the biggest lake in Turkey as well as the biggest sodic lake in the world. The reason why not it's not being covered with ice during winter season and having only pearl mullet as species of fish inhabiting in the lake, are explained through its different ecosystem which is different from both fresh water and salty water. Of course, except for the monster of Van Lake.

There are four islands in Van Lake. The most important one among them is Akdamar Island which is believed to be named after a tragic love story. The island which is located 4 km away from the water front can be reached within 20 minutes via marine engines; and meanwhile, you get the chance of building a memory of suiting landscape of the island shaped by the deep blue waters.

Once upon a time, this island was a home of an Armenian monk and his beautiful daughter Tamar. Tamar had fall in love with a young man, who was shepherding around the island. The sweethearts had met with each other after she gave a sign with a lantern to the young man who was swimming across the lake to the island; however, their story ended up in tragedy. After the monk had found out about the situation, he had misled the young sheppard with a false lantern light and the young man died due to exhaustion of swimming. His last words were ‘’ Ah Tamar’’. Tamar, who had heard his last words, ended her life by leaving her body to the soft water. Along with the legend, the island had been called as Ahtamar, Ağtmar, Akhtamar throughout the history.

When you arrive to the island, you get the chance to see one the most unique illustrations of the Armenian Architecture. The church of Surp Haç, which had been acknowledged as one of the most brilliant monuments of Armenian middle age art, is quite a significant monument which had been constructed between the years of 915-921 with red andesite. If you wish to rest after visiting the church, you can drink a cup tea for relaxation in tea gardens which are frequently visited by residents of the city and you can see the landscape of Van from the island.

Yeşil Church which is also referred as Varagavank or the monastery of Varak Surp Haç, is a monastery located in the village of Yukarı Bakraçlı. This complex which is consisted of seven different churches is a significant Armenian monastery.

Along with the Citadel of Van which is located 5 km away from the city center of Van and had been constructed on a cliff during the Urartu era; the Citadel of Çavuştepe, which is located 25 km away and 10 km away from Van and Gürpınar respectively, are worth seeing. These citadels reflect the texture of the ancient history of Van. Van has two more citadels located in Gürpınar. The Citadel of Hoşap is again from Urartu era, which used to have a strategic importance since is located on the road between Iran and Turkey. The Citadel of Zernek, which the construction date is unknown, is located on a cliff, similarly with other citadels in Van.

One of the most significant historical monuments in Van is Hüsrev Paşa Mosque. The mosque with easy accessibility, which located in the neighborhood called Orta Kapı, had been constructed by Mimar Sinan. Also, it is a part of Hüsrev Paşa social complex. Its eyeful ceramics and mihrab, located in the wall of kiblah are significant details of the mosque along with many characteristics of the mosque. Kaya Çelebi Mosque, which is also located in the same neighborhood, is among historical monuments that are worth visiting. This monument which had been constructed by the governor Koçi in year of 1660 still fascinates people today. People are amazed by ornaments of the doors and windows of the mosque with single minaret balcony.

Other historical monuments that can be seen in Van are the Church of St. Bartholomeus, the Tomb of Halime Hatun, Hurkan Bridge and Şeytan Bridge which is located on Bendi Mahi watercourse with its fascinating beauty. In short, the history of the town located in every corner of the city often reminds people what kind of a land they are in.

Visiting the Cat House of Van, in which the rare cat species like Van cat with a world-wide reputation had been taken under protection, provides another aspect and color for your visit. You cannot leave these cute and graceful cats no matter how hard you try. Another place that can be visited is the Museum of Van which is acknowledged as the most significant museum to see artifacts of Urartu. The museum is separated into two different parts; archeological part and ethnographic part.

It is particularly suggested for visitors, who come to the city in spring season, to visit the Island of Adır, which is also known as the Island of Lim. The island in which the Church of Adır is located had become an incubation place for plenty of seagulls. The island on which the historical atmosphere merges with the nature is among numerous beauties of the city.

Van which is one of the biggest cities in Turkey in terms of surface area is the home of Muradiye Waterfall that is a natural wonder located in the town of Muradiye. The Lake of Erçek is the second biggest lake in the town that has both sodic and salty water similar with the Lake Van. The most significant characteristic of this lake is that it inhabits 210 of the 450 bird species inhabiting in Turkey. It is also the hometown of Flamingo Festival that is organized every year. Additionally, rafting in Müküş watercourse, paragliding in Artos Mountain, diving in the Lake Van and skiing in Gevaş are options for outdoor sports.

Van is a quite surprising city since it is a home for a quite interesting place; Vanadokya. These fairy chimneys, located in the village of Yavuzlar in Başkale were formed by the erosion of rocks formed by lava that are erupted from the mountain of Yiğit. The area also has a significant number of caves and tunnels, similar to the Cappadocia. This impressive natural wonder is not quite well-known since it is not promoted enough, however, it attracts many visitors in recent years both local and foreigners, especially during summer season.

Van, which is referred as the pearl of the east with its historical, cultural and natural beauties, has additional hidden wonders of nature besides fairy chimneys. Travertines, located in the village of Dereiçi in Başkale, have ice-cold waters with healing effect even though it is not spread in a wide area like Pamukkale.

What to Eat in Van

If you come to Van, there is no way of not gaining some extra kilos. The specialty breakfast of Van, which has a well-spread reputation outside the borders of the city, has plenty of local flavors. You become addicted to honey, clotted cream, roasted and ground wheat, herby cheese, tzatziki, condensed yoghurt, biscuit and many other tempting delights.

However, the cuisine is not only limited to the breakfast. You cannot have enough of the traditional cuisine of Van; rousted sour rhubarb, sengeser, Kurut, Kurdish meatball, the meal of ayran, şile, poached eggs with yoghurt, keledos, mıhla and fish in tandoori.

The city is impossible to be left without shopping. You cannot prevent looking or buying items like silver jewelry ornamented with tula work that you can find in many stores or the bazaar called Russian Bazaar, plenty of ornaments with woodcraft, pots and ceramics, oriental rugs with its artwork colors and patterns and wool socks that are a folkloric art craft. The herby cheese that will fulfill one’s longing for the specialty breakfast of Van, is an essential part of the shopping experience.

How to Reach to Van?

The best option to reach Van is the airplane. There are daily direct flights to Ferit Melen Airport from many cities in Turkey. For the ones who would like to prefer railway, the Express of Van Lake offers service from Istanbul and Ankara to Tatvan, two times in a week.

Two important highways connecting Southeast Anatolia and North Anatolia with Iran are merging in Van. The city is 1,702 km, 1,259 km. and 1,816 km. away from Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir respectively.

Van is a must-see place for the ones who wish to travel, see, learn, feel and taste different flavors with its history, nature, culture, cats, gray bullets, the specialty breakfast and handcraft works. To discover this beautiful place, you might look at campaigns of airline companies for flight tickets or to flight tickets with reasonable prices.

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