Ancient castle discovered in Turkish lake

An ancient castle likely belonging to the Urartu civilization has been discovered in Lake Van in Eastern Turkey, according to Hürriyet Daily News.

Research carried out so far has revealed that the structure, which covers an area of approximately a kilometre, is almost 3,000 years old, according to the local district governor.

The team that made the finding were an underwater photographer, an academic and two divers who have been co-operating to carry out research on the lake for nearly a decade.

“We have shared all these findings with the world,” photographer Tahsin Ceylan said. “Today, we are here to announce the discovery of a castle that has remained underwater in Lake Van.”

The alkaline waters of the lake had kept the structure in excellent condition, he added.