5 April 2021
The abandoned buildings around the historical Hoşap Castle, which was built on high rocks on the Van-Hakkari highway and attracted great attention of tourists, will be demolished, roads and workplaces will be rebuilt according to Ottoman and Seljuk architecture and the region will be brought to tourism.
Hoşap Castle, which looks like an “eagle’s nest” in the Gürpınar district of Van, will be restored to its former glory by clearing the abandoned structures around it. Gürpınar Municipality prepared the “Stand Up Hoşap” project in order to preserve the historical texture of the Hoşap Castle, which was built on steep cliffs during the Ottoman period, on the Van-Hakkari highway and to highlight its splendor.
Within the scope of the first phase of the project, which has been approved by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and given the necessary permissions, recreation and landscape work will be carried out in accordance with the historical texture of the castle on an area of 35 thousand square meters.
The abandoned structures built in the protected area around the castle, which looks like an “eagle’s nest” and became unusable over time, will be demolished, and the roads around the castle will be redesigned with appropriate architecture. The castle, which will be restored to its former glory with the project with a budget of 30 million lira, which has been tendered and is planned to start work in a short time, will be provided to host more tourists.
Mayor of Gürpınar Hayrullah Tanis said that the Hoşap Castle is one of the city’s most important historical assets. Meet the castle, indicating that one of the 13 castles in the castle view Turkey, neighborhood change, they promised to the residents of the district for the conversion and in this sense is an important project and expressed the happiness of implementation.
Tanis stated that the most important element in the project is to preserve the historical texture of the castle, and that the teams of the Provincial Directorate of Survey and Monuments have also started a technical examination in the region and that the castle will be restored. Expressing that the castle has an appearance that does not suit the historical texture and splendor of the castle, Tanis said: “We started a serious work for this reason. We started a tender for the first phase of the project. We will start working in a short time. We will start a project in accordance with the Seljuk and Ottoman architecture, caravanserai culture, and the historical texture of the castle. We will build new workplaces and flats in suitable places in the neighborhood where the castle is located. In this way, we will solve the problem of accommodation for the teachers in the region. Within the scope of the project, 80 percent of the barracks at the bottom of the castle will be demolished. The rest will be restored in accordance with the texture of the castle. “
Tanis said that after completing the urban transformation in the neighborhood where the castle is located, they will start the sewerage project. Emphasizing that a great change and transformation will take place in the region, Tanis said: “We will lay the appropriate paving stones on the roads around the castle. When the works are completed, it will be the showcase of Van and the region. Because this is the gateway to the East and the route to Iran. We will try to show the difference of our municipality in this project. Tourists leave the region after visiting the castle. We will provide accommodation with the project. There is a 400-year-old inn here again. It is now used as a barn. We will make it become a covered bazaar by being restored. We have to preserve the historical texture of the castle. It is our duty to pass this historical heritage to future generations.
Tradesman Ayhan Kasap, on the other hand, stated that the surrounding of the castle is in a very bad appearance, “There is not even a place where tourists can rest and drink water. We are excitedly waiting for this project to be implemented in the neighborhood. I hope the face of our district will change with this project. We thank our mayor for the project in advance.” .
Pointing out that the project created excitement in the district, Rahmi Yabalak said, “If the project is completed, more tourists will come here. Everyone will benefit from this. We look forward to this project. Now we want our pen to have a beautiful appearance.”
Culture and Tourism Ministry, the architectural and historical point of view the most magnificent 13 is shown as one of the castle Hosap Castle Turkey, Hosap Su River northwest steep and castle built on a steep rock mass consists of the outer castle north of this citadel. The castle, which dates back to the Urartu State, has survived to the present day as it was built by Mahmudi Beys subject to the Ottoman Empire. The castle, which was abandoned in the middle of the 19th century, has survived to the present day largely intact with its buildings. For this reason, it is one of the remarkable symbolic structures of the region. TURKEY’S MOST GLORIOUS CASTLES