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Holy Cross Church

Merkez Gevas Merkez, Gevas, Van, Turkey
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Akdabar is a gem

Akdabar is an incredibly beautiful little island with panoramic views of the shires of Lake Van... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2017
Aradippou, Cyprus
amazing Island

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

Reviewed 6 November 2017
Harry H
Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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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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  • Very good17%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
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Merkez Gevas Merkez, Gevas, Van, Turkey
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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 6 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

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.

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
Reviewed 10 November 2015

Excellent trip from Van, this church sits in one of the world's most majestic lakes. Highly recommended for any traveller whether it be hippie hitchhiker or a big family!

1  Thank Edward C
Reviewed 15 September 2015

This monastery was built between the 8th and 9th century. The frescoes on the outside have survived the weather. They tell the stories of the bible.

Thank Barbaradventure
Reviewed 28 June 2015

Visted the Church with a small tour group visiting central and eastern Turkey. This was one of the high points of the trip. One of the better (remaining) preserved Armenian Churches in Turkey and it is gratifying that restoration is in progress. This is one...More

Thank Dionges1
Reviewed 25 June 2015

Both the island and the church are very well preserved. How can a church resist hars weather conditions on a small island is a real wonder. One can reach the island via approx.20 mins.of boat trip. you reach a very small island full of almond...More

Thank Atilla U
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