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Address: Lake Van, Van, Turkey
Description: This island located in the salty Lake Van is home to the Church of the...
This island located in the salty Lake Van is home to the Church of the Holy Cross and some Armenian monastery ruins.
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Beautiful Church, carvings and setting

We started our day taking a bus to Gevas (4.5 TL -1 hr) that dropped us on the junction and from there we hitched a ride (7km - it is very easy in Turkey). While approaching we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

When we arrived at the Island we were told that we had to leave with the same boat in one hour. That was a disappointment because we wanted to swim. Then a tourguide at the island told us we could just take another boat back. It's very nice and quiet place to swim.

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Sihanoukville Province, Cambodia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We started our day taking a bus to Gevas (4.5 TL -1 hr) that dropped us on the junction and from there we hitched a ride (7km - it is very easy in Turkey). While approaching we saw a boat already going so we thought that we will have to wait forever for another boat to fill up but luckily... More 

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Urmia, Iran
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

You cannot even imagine before stepping on this island, how imaginary this place would be. It was perfectly covered with almond trees. If you go to this place in tree blossoming time, you will find yourself in heaven to its real extent. The church has a perfect yard and it was so clean. The well of the wishes inside the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Well worth a visit with a fascinating history. A short launch trip to the island gives you great views of both the island and the mainland. The island has a very interesting history and a great spot for a picnic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Should you be near Van or surrounding area please do not miss Akdamar Island. From Van you can go by car or minibus to nearby Gevas ferry port and make the 10 - 15 minute crossing to the island. Entrance for the island is 5TL and the Ferry 15 TL. For me the island really was a special place to... More 

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Benalla
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Akdamar Island is easy to reach by boat. Its main attraction is the beautiful scenery, plus the Church of the Holy Cross, built in 921. The church wall are in excellent condition with some wonderful Armenian relief carvings. The island is ringed with beautiful snow capped mountains, so the island is a perfect place for photographers, especially if you can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

My tour guide organised a tour for three of us. Drove us in hired car to Gevas where the crossing is just 15-20 minutes compared with 3/4 of an hour from the nearer ferry point. Take in two tourist venues in one by crossing amazing Lake Van flanked by snow-capped mountains and spend an hour on the small island viewing... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

worth visiting if interested in Armenian Church architecture or lake habitats and outposts. It is sizable and the second largest of the several islets in the lake. Armenian Genocide emblem and geomorphological interest

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Van, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Visited at least 10 times, there is an ongoing renovation and it's getting better every year. sunset is wonderful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We visited during the week in September and had no problem with crowds. The high relief carvings on the outside of the church and the view back to the shore of the lake with mountains beyond make this a must see attraction if you are in the Van region. Don't miss the graveyard next to the church which has some... More 

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Address: Address: Lake Van, Van, Turkey
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Van Province  >  Van

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