Hoşap Kalesi

Orientation & Geography

Hoşap Castle (Turkish: Hoşap kalesi) is a large medieval castle in the village of Hoşap (literally in Kurdish meaning: Good or Sweet Water), official name Güzelsu, located in southeastern Turkey. Most of the surviving structure was built by a local Kurdish lord named Mahmudi Suleyman in 1643. According to a local tradition, the hands of the architect who built this formidable stronghold were cut off so that he could not build another.