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Ancient Urartian site of Cavustepe (Sardurihinilli)

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Address: 25 kms from Van on the Hakkari road, Van, Turkey

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Isolated site, worth a visit

The site itself is not that spectacular for the layman, although its situation certainly is. What is remarkable is how fresh and crisp the stonework and the cuneiform carvings... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 November 2015
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Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

The site itself is not that spectacular for the layman, although its situation certainly is. What is remarkable is how fresh and crisp the stonework and the cuneiform carvings are, and they fact that they date from several centuries BC make them pretty extraordinary

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2015

An 4000 year old city on top of a hill is waiting for you. You can hear the ancient people's voice from Mehmet Kuşman, who can read the writings craved on stones.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2015

Cavustepe is an ancient Urartian citadel with great views of the surrounding region. You'll see the remains of temples, a palace, and a series of cisterns. What remains is not much more than foundations, but being here gives you a sense of this ancient civilization.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015 via mobile

We visited Cavustepe on the way out of Van. I am a histlory fan so it was gantastic for me to walk on the several thousand year old walls of the citadelle. The surrounding area the view is amazing too. I loved the place. Still I guess it wont mean much for those who are not obsessed with archeology. Otherwise... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2015

You can imagine what this royal Urartian citadeli was like 2,700 years ago, with it's temple buildings, palace, sacrificial altar, first toilet and ancient cisterns. We met Mehet Kusman who decoded the ancient Urartian alphabet. You have to hike up a hill but you have a good view and the ruins are worth it!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2015 via mobile

Well you get what a 2700 year old site looks like: a pile of walls halfstanding and some restored pictograms. Mehmet who is the guard also knows urartien. Unfortunately he speaks little english so asking specific questions will not get answered but he has on his wall an english newspaper article that briefly explains his life. He also carves pictogramms... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2015

Part of the Urartian Empire. Cavustepe was a royal palace for King Sadur II 11 !! e (Sardurihinilli), a royal palace of King Sadur II from B.C times. Some may be disappointed in view of what is left standing but need to remember it is from over 2,500 years ago. Mehmet the caretaker has lots of stories and is a... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2015

I interrupted my trip to visit this place but it made me really disappointed. You can't really realize that this was a castle, just pile of stones. The only interesting what you do if you talk with the guard who can speak this ancient language.

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Cammeray, NSW, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2014

Çavuştepe is over 2000 years old so don't arrive expecting substantial remains. What has been excavated along the ridge top can be tricky to interpret - for instance we assumed initially that the carefully finished stone work was modern infill, but the guide told us it was in fact the oldest work. When we visited in September 2014 we were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

This hilltop fortress was used by the Urartian kings during the 8th century BC. We visited with a man who is one of few people in the world who can speak, read & write Urartian. It had just rained and the trail was certainly a slip-sliding affair. The mud seemed like it was going to suck us into the ground.... More 

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