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Ancient Urartian site of Cavustepe (Sardurihinilli)

25 kms from Van on the Hakkari road, Van, Turkey
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A very interesting site

At present, due to the problems between the Turkish government and the local Kurds, it is not... read more

Reviewed 4 May 2017
Rod F
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Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
Isolated site, worth a visit

The site itself is not that spectacular for the layman, although its situation certainly is. What... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2015
jaj0409
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Durham, United Kingdom
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4 May 2017
“A very interesting site”
11 Nov 2015
“Isolated site, worth a visit”
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25 kms from Van on the Hakkari road, Van, Turkey
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Reviewed 4 May 2017

At present, due to the problems between the Turkish government and the local Kurds, it is not advised to visit the site. We toured the area in 2014, and were privileged to be shown around Cavuştepe by Mehmet Kuşman, who interpreted many of the Urartian...More

Thank Rod F
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

Thank jaj0409
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.

Thank neslihan serap S
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.

Thank Providence_RITom
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...More

Thank gabcsi_11
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...More

Thank Christy V
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...More

Thank Mgiaco
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...More

Thank thesmdm
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.

Thank sipmester
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...More

1  Thank cammerayguy
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