Van and Akdamar Island

Van and Akdamar Island

Akdamar Island is a small piece of land in the middle of Lake Van. Access to the island, where the Akdamar Church is located, is available via ferries.

The commute to the island, which takes about 20 minutes from the shore, is an adventure in this respect. This short trip turns into a visual feast thanks to the blue waters of the lake and the landscape of the island that comes closer by the minute during the commute.

A single structure takes place on the island: The Akdamar Church. The church, which is an indicator of various freely practiced religions in the Anatolian soil, was opened for visitors following a restoration in 2007. The church, which was positioned in the southeast of the island, was constructed by Manuel the Monk in the name of Holy Cross by the order of the Vaspurakan King Gagik I between the years of 915 and 921. The chapel, located in the northeast of the church, was built between 1296 and 1336. The jamatun in its west was added in 1763 and the bell tower in its south was added at the end of the 18th century. The chapel in its north could not be dated. The structure was built as a chapel at first but later converted into an abbey.

You might have missed its wonderful view under the snow in winter but Akdamar Island is beautiful also in this season when almond trees and blue flowers blossom, and the smell of the spring envelopes you.