Statue of Akhtamar at Lake Sevan, Sevan

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  • During the visit to Sevanavank we noticed this statue along the way. The image of a girl holding up with her hands a light and told us the legend of the princess who lit a fire to signal the way to the island where she was at her sweetheart who drowned when she was forbidden. The statue is here because the lake Van where the legend was set is now in Turkish territory.
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  • About Turkey there is very romantic, but sad legend. Actually the legend options few, but the gist is this: in the middle of the Lake was the islet to the Castle, where they lived a woman named Tamar, which was beloved, but parents were not allowed to meet them. Every night, she was raised in the Castle Tower, lit the fire and gave the signal to his beloved. He crossed the Lake and thus they met. One day about their secret meetings, learned the girl's parents, and once again Tamara could not signal and light the way to your lover, he eventually drowned. His last words were: "Oh, Tamar!". It is noteworthy that this legend happened on Lake Van, instead of Sevan, which really is an island called Aghtamar with the homonymous Church. But Van Lake and part of the territory previously belonging to Armenia, after bloody action 1915 (genocide), is now included in Turkey! In this regard, the monument of Turkey set on Lake Sevan, although in fact does not have any relation to it!
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