Aghtamar Island

On Aghtamar Island (Turkish: Akdamar) in the Lake of Van stands the 10th century Church of the Holy Cross, a beautiful specimen of medieval Armenian church architecture.

For centuries the monastery of Aghtamar was an important center of the Armenian church, as the seat of a catholicos who had ecclesiastical jurisdiction in the Van area and around.

Aghtamar Island in winter

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