Akdamar Island (Turkish: Akdamar Adası), also known as Aghtamar (Armenian: Աղթամար) or Akhtamar (Armenian: Ախթամար), is the second largest of the four islands in Lake Van, in eastern Turkey. About 0.7 km² in size, it is situated about 3 km from the shoreline. At the western end of the island a hard, grey, limestone cliff rises 80 m above the lake's level (1,912 m above sea level). The island declines to the east to a level site where a spring provides ample water. It is home to the 10th century Armenian Holy Cross Cathedral, which was the seat of the Armenian Apostolic Catholicosate of Aghtamar from 1116 to 1895.Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Van trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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We have visited it in winter and it’s stunning. I never saw such a beautiful view. It takes a few min with a small boat to reach the island. Definitely a must visit. We have been there with two small.... more »
Really beautifull old Armenian stone church. Unfortunately some people climbed on the Altar did not know how to behave in a church. The state does not do much to maintain and restorate the church... more »
Nothing very exciting there maybe if you have enough time and nothing else to do visit it.
Just amazing.... Really one of the perfect and impressive places that I ever been, I would give more stars than 5...... P.S. April is the best time to go there, where trees all the way are flowing.....
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