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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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A beautiful place to spend a morning or afternoon.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Benalla
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Benalla
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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Athens
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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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Cammeray, NSW, Australia
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We took the boat to the island and virtually had the whole place to ourselves. There are left over almond trees which were originally planted by the monks, and the whole place had the wonderful aroma of almonds. The church is unrestored, dirty, and dark, but is one of the most fascinating places I have visited. The history here is... More 

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Lake of Bays, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Boat trip to Akdamar Island takes about 20 minutes and is beautiful. The fine stone Armenian church - Church of the Holy Cross has been restored and is spectacular with stories of the Old and New Testament carved into the exterior walls of the church. Well worth the trip!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I took gorgeous photos of Akdamar, because it was a gorgeous place to begin with. We spent an unforgettable afternoon there. If you're in Van, you HAVE to go to Akdamar.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The Island was so nice. you can find a historical church there. I think it is a better idea to go there when is not weekend, because during the weekend is so busy. Also, I recommend you to go there early morning, in this case you can enjoy the sun and swimming more.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We stopped off on our journey from Van to Tatvan, to take a boat ride over to Akdamar Island and check out the church and surrounding scenery. The church is in great condition, considering its age and will definitely grab your attention. Outside you can still see original carvings that show stories from the bible. If you need to break... More 

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