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Address: Lake Van | Bitlis Van Yolu, Gevas, Van, Turkey

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 boat trip across is great. May have to wait a while for other people to turn up to fill the boat but opposite the road a lovely restaurant for "cay" and toilets. Short... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 12, 2016
Billericay, United Kingdom
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Billericay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

The boat trip across is great. May have to wait a while for other people to turn up to fill the boat but opposite the road a lovely restaurant for "cay" and toilets. Short crossing to the island and the church is stunning. Lovely relief on the outside and the inside is cooling.

Thank footiemum90
Aradippou, Cyprus
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016

Beautiful Armenian church on an island in Lake Van surrounded by mountains. The church is stunning and well-preserved with some restoration. Views are simply stunning.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2016

From Van, take a mini-bus with the sign "Gevas/Akdamar" from the bus station 3 blocks south of the Town Hall (Belediye), 40 min., 5TL. In Gervas, transfer to another signed "Akdamar", 10 min,, 2TL. When boat has at least 16 riders, it will depart for the island, 20 min., 10TD. Another 10TL for entry onto the island... Well worth it!... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2016

Small church but stunning and views are spectacular. Take a picnic and chill while watching the birds and the clouds

Thank WotldTraveller
Ankara, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2016

This island is located in the Van Lake. It has one of the most amazing views you can witness. My popular time to visit the island is the late Spring and early summer, when the trees have their flowers. The lake, and thus the island is surrounded by mountains, which have snow most of the time during the year. It... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2016

We visited this island today and loved every minute spent on it. The weather was nice and the trees were blooming which added to the natural atmosphere. Easy to reach from Van. Go to the Gevas Dolmus (minibus) station located Defderdarlık Küme Evleri, Akköprü Mahallesi (5 min. walking distance from roundabout Iskele Cad) and ask the driver to leave you... More 

1 Thank MagmanSwitzerland
Taichung, Taiwan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2016

Local people call Van Lake as Van Sea, because it is really huge. The Akdamar Island is near the southern part. You need to take the public ship there. It is not expensive. There is a beautiful bay at the northern part with beautiful sand. Summer time is the best time to come. You can swim in Van Lake. One... More 

Thank Hsin C
Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2016

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 

2 Thank TubaKoseogluOkcu
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank sakadai1977
Fethiye, Turkey
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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