Lake Van, Akdamar Island and The Church of the Holy Cross (Akdamar Church) are a single short trip from Van.
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 every 20 minutes. The price of the boat is 10 TL two ways. The cafe... More
The tourist industry in Van is not as well organized as in other parts of Turkey due to low numbers of visitors. A good example is the ferry to Akdamar Island. The ride is priced strictly per boat at the maximum of 15 passengers, so if you are the only one, you have to foot the whole bill of 150liras,... More
The church is lovely, even is the Turkish autorities could do more to refresh it. And it's possible to take a swim after visit.
The church of the Holy Cross is now of the most amazing Armenian churches. It's set in a wonderful landscape, between azure waters and wild mountains, and bares amazing carvings on the facade and frescos inside. If you are courageous enough, climbing up the hill is a rewarding experience.
The island is a short boat ride from a small dock perhaps 15 miles south of the city of Van. The views of cerulean Lake Van are wonderful. The church itself is in excellent and condition and is still used on occasion. It is a very special place to Armenians. The bas relief carvings on the exterior are noteworthy. If... More
For travellers in the Van area of eastern Turkey, a visit to the CHC on Akdamar Island in Lake Van is a must. Getting there requires both a car/bus plus a boat ride (see the other reviews at this site for details). If at all possible try to go on a sunny day which enhances the relief of the outstanding... More
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