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Near Pirbedelan, Gürpınar district, Van (2012)
1901: "A remarkable and solitrary cliff of limestone, which in spite of the apparent inaccesibility of its sides, is crowned with the ruins of two native houses"
(Lord Percy, )
2012: The cliff is in place, but no traces of houses. Pirbedelan itself, located a few hundred meters behind the rock, was in the 19th century a mixed Armenian-Kurdish village. In the 1850s the place was seat of a nahiye müdir under the Governor of Van (: )