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This is Van in eastern Turkey, or more or less what remained of this more than 2,000 year old city after WW1.

Here is a larger version.

Before the war Van had been a center of Armenian culture in the Ottoman empire. WW1 meant the end of the empire, and it was followed by a Turkish war of independence to stop the remains of the country from being carved up by foreign powers. When the wars finally ended most Armenians were either dead or had been expelled. The present city of Van, which now has a population of roughly 500,000, was built a couple of km further east. It is now a Kurdish majority city.

I spent a few hours seeing the remains of the old city, spread out across a large field where traces of streets could be found here and there in the tall grass. I also climbed a steep rock to see the ruins of a fortress from about the 8th century BC.

On the way to old Van I took a photo of these girls, which I posted here years ago.

In a WS is another photo from old Van, possibly showing old graves..

All photos were scanned from Agfacolor CT18 slides.

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