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Historic and charming

An historic church with a fascinating story that attracts tourists.The church stands at the top of... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2018
fahimeh22
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Rasht, Iran
Don't forget to be equipped

it is a historical place that discussed a lot and I am telling only trip and environment helpful... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2018
houman E
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Located on the Akdamar Island in Lake Van, this Cathedral is significant because it is the only surviving medieval Armenian church in which most of the wall paintings are still intact.
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Merkez Gevas Merkez, Gevas, Van, Turkey
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 20 October 2009

Okay it might not be the easiest place to reach but it is well worth the effort. This is my experience to Akdamar Island from Van. The first thing I did was to go to the Tourist Office and obtained a brochure for the Akdamar...More

7  Thank Benrett
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

The Akdamar Church on a island in Van Lake (locals call it the Van Sea) is an attractive spot for Orthodox Christians. Restoration studies have clearly improved the site but there is much more to do for visitors. Boats leave from the main island at...More

3  Thank Feza K
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Reviewed 9 September 2018

An historic church with a fascinating story that attracts tourists.The church stands at the top of the island

Thank fahimeh22
Reviewed 17 August 2018

it is a historical place that discussed a lot and I am telling only trip and environment helpful notes: the island hasn't a restaurant and only it has a coffee shop with an expensive price(buy whole necessary food before you'll come to the island) the...More

Thank houman E
Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

This is one of the proofs of Anatolian mosaic. The church is still standing in good shape even not being used as how it supposed to be. You need to take boat from Van or Tatvan. It takes about 45 minutes to arrive. You spend...More

Thank duyguu400
Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

Please check carefully the facades. You could find the figures of four apostles on four facades. There are a small cafe under the almond trees. You could find a small gift shop on the island.

Thank Metin D
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Akdabar is an incredibly beautiful little island with panoramic views of the shires of Lake Van. The church is surprisingly well-preserved and intact.

Thank divingfree
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Good swim, may get funny looks. Stunning lakes, beautiful boat journey, Shop on the island has ice cream

1  Thank Harry H
Reviewed 2 August 2017

If you are going to van do not miss Van lake and Akdamar Island and this ancient church, when you are there you feel history! It is made to be great. Also there is a hole there, you can drop a coin inside, if it...More

1  Thank armanmodern
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

Stunning and def worth a visit. The island is beautiful at this time of year with the blossoms out but snow still on the hills. The church is lovely with remnants of wall paintings inside and fabulous reliefs on the outside.

Thank HMFSAB
Reviewed 24 May 2016

Terrific island location, facing the nearest shore and, with astonishingly undestroyed exterior relief sculptures and still viewable interior frescoes!

1  Thank fatoldlady
Reviewed 11 November 2015

This marvelous Armenian Church can only be reached by boat to the small island it occupies. The external carvings are really superb and the interior while not comparable is extremely attractive and interesting. A must-see attraction which when I visited, was enjoyed by just 2...More

1  Thank jaj0409
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