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Akdamar Island

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Van, Turkey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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69 reviews 69 reviews
28 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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81 reviews 81 reviews
36 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
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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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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63 reviews 63 reviews
12 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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Tabriz, Iran
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33 reviews 33 reviews
28 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

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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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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130 reviews 130 reviews
29 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 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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