Zernek Castle

Built in the 17th century by a branch of the rulers (emirs, beys) of Hakkari, in the village of Zernek (Hamurkesen) in Gürpınar district, Van province. A mosque in the village is from the same period. Closeby there is also a cemetery with beautifully ornamented  graves of the beys, partly destroyed by gold hunters.  Photos taken in 2012.

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The castle

The mosque

The cemetery

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