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“See my Lake Van review”
Review of Akdamar Island

Akdamar Island
Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Van
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This island located in the salty Lake Van is home to the Church of the Holy Cross and some Armenian monastery ruins.
New York City, New York
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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“See my Lake Van review”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

Lake Van, Akdamar island and Akdamar Church (The Church of the Holy Cross) are a single short trip from Van

Visited November 2012
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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124 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Beautiful church on a special location”
Reviewed 28 September 2013

This place is special. The church is nicely conserved, unfortunately this annot be said from the monastery, wich is restored in a hurrendous way. Besides that, the place is awsome! Outside the season it is a little bit expensive: if there are no other tourists or if you do not want to wait you have to pay for a boat yourself, which is 150 TL. Worth to pay though!

Visited September 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Stunning”
Reviewed 26 September 2013

This is a "must see". The island is set in the blue of Lake Van and is a very peaceful and scenic oasis. The perfect place for a picnic or a restful time away from it all.

Visited September 2013
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Princeton, New Jersey
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A disappointing experience”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

First, I'd like to say that the island itself and the church are probably much better than the 1-star I gave, but the reason I gave it is that actually getting to the docks near Gevas on time and waiting for the boat does not mean you'll actually be able to go there - it depends on other people coming and filling a boat, or you paying much more (150 TL for a private boat instead of 10 TL for a ticket).

Personally, I arrived 2.5 hours before the official closing time, and after waiting for two hours as the only person on the docks, the ship captains there refused to take me to the island unless I pay the full private price of 150 TL. Moreover, their manager lied to me about a couple of issues (such as the actual closing time of the island, or then claimed that the island was empty when a ship full of people came back some time later), and it was clear that they were simply trying to be greedy and make as much money as possible. This was my worst experience in my whole trip in Turkey by far and I was very disappointed by the way I was treated.

The island and church are probably worth it, but do yourself a favor and try to get to this attraction earlier in the day rather than later to prevent similar experiences.

Visited July 2013
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Istanbul, Turkey
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Small island with a jewel,”
Reviewed 28 July 2013

If you are traveling to city of Van, pls don't hesitate to pay a visit to Akdamar island, by taking a boat it takes less then 20 minutes, you can easily spend 2-3 hours by enjoying the decoration of the Armeninan church,which was recently renovated ,,

Visited May 2013
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