General Information

The Lake Van (Van Gölü) is the largest lake in Turkey, in the far Eastern Anatolia, surrounded by mountains as tall as 4 km, with a magnificant view of Mount Ararat in the distance. The city Van is on the eastern shore of the lake.

Culture and History

Most notably, the Island of Akdamar on the lake has been a refuge of Christians in Eastern Anatolia for years. The Church of the Holy Cross, built by King Gagik I in the years 915-921, in the shape of a four-leaf clover, is mostly revered for its depictions of the biblical scenes including Adam and Eve, David and Goliath, and the prophet Jonas with his son Ismail.