What to See in Lake Van, Turkey (with Map & Photos)

The entire area surrounding Lake Van (Van Gölü), especially the south, has witnessed a great history. For many years he has seen fortresses created, heard love stories that end in front of the famous Armenian cathedral, observed how nature carves the landscape, fought battles like the one in Manzikert, sculpted tombstones like those in Ahlat... Endless vestiges that now we are lucky to be able to see and visit all of us too.

Lake Van
Lake Van

In addition to being surrounded by a spectacular landscape of mountains, which are reflected in Lake Van, its great rocky cliff over 80 meters high, this island was the location chosen in medieval times by the Armenian Apostolic Church to buildthe Armenian Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

Lake Van
Lake Van

Mount Ararat and Ishak Pacha Palace


Near Lake Van, the largest in Turkey, there are two places that share their magic, as if it were a symbiosis. And it is that Mount Ararat, Agri Dagi if you ask a local person, acts as a stage background for the Palace of Ishak Pachá. What a stage background, isn't it?

Lake Van
Lake Van

The same 5,137-meter-high mountain on which Noah landed his ark, the same one that appears on the Armenian flag, the same one that was capable of leaving us speechless from the first moment we saw it in the distance from the moon of our van in which we traveled all over Turkey.

Both sites are so special, for themselves and for what surrounds them, that we could not resist dedicating an entire post to them. So if you want to know more about these two places, you cannot miss our post on “Where is Mount Ararat and the Palace of Ishak Pachá”.

Lake Van Map