At the bottom of Lake Van in Turkey, researchers discovered the ruins of an ancient fortress, built 3000 years ago. At that time in the territory of modern Turkey was located a powerful state of Urartu.

The majestic structure occupies about a square kilometer of the square and now rests at a depth of ten meters. For several centuries the water level in the lake rose 150 meters.

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While divers managed to lift to the surface only a small statue of a lion. It is expected that the area will be explored by groups of independent scientists and archaeologists.


The ancient state of Urartu was located in South-West Asia, on the territory of the Armenian highland. In the first millennium BC, Urartu was the beginning of all Asian countries in the region.