Van, Turkey

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Van (Armenian: Վան[1]) is a city in eastern Turkey and the seat of Van Province, and is located on the eastern shore of Lake Van. The city's official population in 2009 was 360,810,[2] but many estimates put this as much higher with a 1996 estimate stating 500,000[3] and former Mayor Burhan Yengun quoted as estimating the population at approximately 600,000[4]

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History

Archaeological excavations and surveys carried out in Van province indicate that the history of human settlement in this region goes back at least as far as 5000 B.C. The Tilkitepe Mound, which is on the shores of Lake Van and a few kilometres to the south of Van Castle, is the only source of information about the oldest culture of Van.

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