Photographer's Note

The snowcapped peak is a strato volcano; the 2nd highest in Turkey at 4,058 metres, after compound volcano Ararat (5,137 m). 'Dagi' is Turkish for Mount, so Mount Suphan or Suphan Dagi. This is the view the Kef Kalesi Urartian temple statues uploaded yesterday would have enjoyed. They are now in the Ankara Anatolian Civilisations Museum. This plateau was well defended by three very steep drops on three sides with a steep approach only accessible from the north. The 4 wheel drive track follows that route to reach Adilcevaz on the shores of Lake Van. This is also where the Persian Medes invaded from and sacked the Urartian Fortress and Temple. The clay bricks atop the ruins of the black basalt foundations are scorched by fire. The dormant volcano itself last erupted around 8050 BC.

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