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Akdamar Island

Lake Van, Van, Turkey
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Ranked #1 of 15 Attractions in Van
Type: Islands
Description: 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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Sydney, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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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Tabriz, Iran
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Akdamar (in local language: Akhtamar or Akhtamara) island is a very nice island with a great nature in lake Van. Akdamar church is also in the island is a very nice and wonderful historical church that makes you a different travel to Van, Turkey. nice plants grows in island. you can travel to island by this way: take a taxi... More

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Gaziantep, Turkey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The island and the church (Church of the Holy Cross) are the only things worth visiting in this area. we went there on 27th of July 2014. The church is really beautiful. I think that the location of the church on the island protected it from being destroyed as other Armenian historical sites in the area (no exact information but... More

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Russia
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131 reviews 131 reviews
29 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

amazing island with small fortress and monastery. There is small beach with brilliantly clean water which requires longer stay)

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Warsaw, Poland
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Finding an Armenian church in the middle of Muslim country might be a bit surprising. Should you have a free afternoon in Van area make sure to take a ride to Akdamar Island to meet the history of the region. The church on the island is similar to those in Echmiadzin (Armenia), but currently ongoing reconstruction works prevent you from... More

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San Francisco, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
27 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The location, the garden, the original part the structure, and the outside relief carvings of Akdamar Church or Church of the Holy Cross (921 AD) is among one of the most beautiful spots I have visited in Turkey. I will never forget it. Nestled in a garden with old tombstones and with a view of Van Lake it was serene... More

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Sydney, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

In the middle of an endless lake, lies this peaceful island with a great history behind it. It is 3km from shore, hence it has an enormous view to the surroundings. The church is unique, even though it's not well maintained. Please climb up to the top of the hill, it takes 15 mins but worth it. The 360 degree... More

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Geneve
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

A must see when in Van is the Akthamar Island and Church, a 10th century Armenian Church. There used to be a monastery on the island too but it was destroyed. The church was renovated a few years ago. It really is beautiful. And the landscapes of Lake Van are truly beautiful. I would also recommend using the services of... More

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New York City, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Lake Van, Akdamar island and Akdamar Church (The Church of the Holy Cross) are a single short trip from Van

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Shanghai, China
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73 reviews 73 reviews
33 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

This place is special. The church is nicely conserved, unfortunately this annot be said from the monastery, wich is restored in a hurrendous way. Besides that, the place is awsome! Outside the season it is a little bit expensive: if there are no other tourists or if you do not want to wait you have to pay for a boat... More

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