The city of Van is located near the SE corner of the large salty Lake Van. The modern city, built near, but not over the old one is not remarkable, and the old destroyed Armenian sections were left to melt away with time. The old Van Fortress =?= (38 30.30n x 043 20.38e) still stands. The Armenians defended themselves against Turkish troops for 5 weeks before the Russians arrived in May, 1915. The Russians left 6 weeks later, with many Armenians choosing to leave with them, and settle in the East.