What is a van?

Ksenia Vilinskaya
Ksenia Vilinskaya
February 24, 2015
What is a van?

The word Van has several meanings: it is the name of a geographical object, and the surname, and even a cat breed. Consider what a van is, more.

Geographical names and objects

First, Van is the name of Turkish silt. IL is an area, the country is divided into 81 Il. Il Van adjoins the east coast of the lake of the same name. Van is divided into 14 districts, one of which is the administrative center of the province. Borders il Van with other provinces, and in the east - with Iran.

Secondly, Van - the city, the administrative center of the above-mentioned Turkish silt. Wang has a difficult and tragic story. Back in the 9th century BC it belonged to the state of Urartu, and then passed from hand to hand - to the Persians, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks, Armenians ... In the 17th century, the Turks seized power. Until the 20th century, the majority of the population of Van were Armenians. However, in 1915, after the genocide, they are almost gone. Since 1923, Van is a Turkish city.

Finally, Van is a picturesque, rich turquoise lake near the city of Van, located in the south of the Armenian Highlands.This largest freshwater lake in Turkey also bears the world title of the largest soda lake.


The word is not limited to these values. So, Van is a breed of cats, and rare, comes from Turkey. Van cats are amazing not only because of their beauty, but also because they love water and bathe with pleasure. Interestingly, many representatives of the breed have their own distinction - multi-colored eyes.

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