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Van is situated on the shore of lake Van. It's also known as Tospa, Tushpa, Van-Tosp, Yervandavan, Shamiramakert. Ut's one of the oldest cities in the world the diggings of which were carried out by many famous archaeologists. According to history, King Sardury A ruled from 840 till 825 BC, moved the court here and built a temple dedicated to the god of sun Shivini. The goddess Tushpuea holding the winged disc of the sun above her head was considered to be the wife of the god of sun Shivini (one of the names of the city). Nowadays Van is a small provincial city situated in the east of Turkey.