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Akdamar Island

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Address: Lake Van | Bitlis Van Yolu, Gevas, Van, Turkey
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This island located in the salty Lake Van is home to the Church of the Holy...

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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The Catch is the Church, not the Island

The visit to this island was the highlight of our trip to Van this summer. The island itself has nothing spectacular, almost a barren land but the church called Akdamar Church... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
TubaKoseogluOkcu
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The visit to this island was the highlight of our trip to Van this summer. The island itself has nothing spectacular, almost a barren land but the church called Akdamar Church (the correct name is Ahtamar but it's now called Akdamar) situated on it is breathtaking. The commute to the island is very easy. Around 40 minutes by car from... More 

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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

In winter, travelers are quite few, almost nothing. You need to take the mini-bus bound for Gevaş from Van, and change the mini-bus for the wharf. When you got off the mini-bus, it took about 2 hours so far and next step is big challenge. It is difficult to get the enough persons to fill the capacity and unless that... More 

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Fethiye, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

it is not necessary to visit but if you have time ,I recomend you to visit ,it is a bit diffucult to reach

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Thank nomad4838
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

You can find boats from different parts of the city. If the weathers ok choose the open önem. There are some hills but it can be climbed with the kids. There are great engravings on the outside walls of the church; dont forget the read descriptions first.

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Thank Emre C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

We took the boat to go to Akdamar island and the trip was like traveling in time, back to history. ıt was may and the view of the mountains covered by snow at top can not be described. The boat was full of people from all over the world.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

We took a boat ride to this small island; the ride was quite choppy so those who are prone to seasickness beware or take precautions. The old Armenian church on the island is just gorgeous and in a very idyllic setting. It's worth making the trip if you're in Van.

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Tehran
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The island is located in 43 Km of south Van city. There are lots of places for swimming with changing place on the coast and vary beautiful church on the center of island. Toilet services and a very small cafe is available in western part of the island. I suggest to travel there on summer if you love swimming or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

First of all if you want to get to Akdamar you have to take a ferry from out of Van (about 30 km) but maybe there are other ferries, too. The ferry costs about 15 liras return and you pay on the ferry. There seems to be no schedule of the ferry it started after some time. The ferry ride... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Must take a ferry over to Island. We had a group of us and had a great time crossing over. The ride was smooth and relaxing after a long day walking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015 via mobile

Greatly conserved and relatevely easy to reach, the island is very beautiful and has an incredible armenian church.

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