Hosap Castle

Hosap Castle is a medieval fortress located in the Wan Province of the Eastern Anatolia region of Turkey, in Northern Kurdistan. The exact location of the Hosap Castle is in a smal

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Hosap Castle is a medieval fortress located in the Wan Province of the Eastern Anatolia region of Turkey, in Northern Kurdistan. The exact location of the Hosap Castle is in a small village also called Hosap. The Kurdish name "Hosap" means "beautiful waters" and refers to the nearby river. Hosap is about 140 km east of the town of Gurpinar.

The beautiful and fairly well-preserved Hosap Castle was built initially in 1643 by Mahmudi Suleyman. It is mostly made of mud bricks atop a rocky hill. A previous version of this castle may have existed in the Urartu Kingdom from the 9th- 6th centuries BC. The remains we see today were restored in the 1970s and 1980s by the Turkish Ministry of Culture.[i]

There is an inner and outer castle, including 30 dwellings, a mosque, and 40 towers. The large entrance towers is cylindrical in shape and about 85 feet in diameter with walls about 12 feet in thickness. An inscription with two lion relief sculptures explains some historical recordings. The inner castle was to be used exclusively by Mahmudi Suleyman, his family, and their attendants. It includes a women's quarters, men's quarters, prayer hall, and a dungeon prison.[ii] 

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[i] "Hosap Kalesi - Van." Cappadocia Turkey Travel. Retrieved 2014-04-23.

[ii] "Hosap Kalesi - Van." Cappadocia Turkey Travel. Retrieved 2014-04-23.

To visit Hosap Castle you will need use of a vehicle or hired taxi, or you may take a public bus from Van to Hosap (Guzelsu.) Then proceed on foot uphill from the bridge in Hosap or drive along the paved route to the castle entrance. Entry is free, but a guard will need to unlock the gate.

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