Archaeologists who have been searching Lake Van – the second largest lake in Turkey – for decades have discovered what they believe is a lost city.  The castle is thought to be an Iron Age relic of the Urartu civilization – also called the Kingdom of Van – which lived in the area from the 6th to the 9th century BC. The remarkable discovery was made by archaeologists from the Van Yüzüncü Yıl University

and a team of divers. Tahsin Ceylan, head of the diving team of the project, has been searching for the Lake Van Monster – a beast supposedly similar to the legendary Loch Ness Monster – when he found the castle. He told the Daily Sabah: “There was a rumor that there might be something under the water but most archaeologists and museum officials told us that we won’t find anything.” The water levels of the lake had changed over the past few thousand years.  READ MORE