The Van Castle (or fortress, also called the Van Kalesi), rises in ruins atop a hill. Built in the 9th Century B.C. by King Sarduri I of the Urartu Kingdom, the fortress was essential for regional control. Of great historical significance, the fortress includes a massive inscription by Xerxes the Great in three languages: Old Persian, Babylonian, and Elamite.
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