The city of Van has passed from empire to empire since its origin as the capital of the ancient Urartu Empire in the 9th century BC. For many years it was ruled by the Armenians, then from 1548 until the end of WWI it was ruled by the Ottoman Turks. Its Armenian population was wiped out during the war, and the city itself was destroyed. A new Van grew up near the ruined city.
PUBLISHED: July 22, 2013