Flowers adorn Armenian Church on Akhtamar Island

The Hurriyet Daily News has published the photos of the Armenian  Surb Khach Church adorned by spring flowers.

As spring comes, flowers create a sea of color on Akhtamar, the second-larest island in Lake Van.

Akhtamar Island is home to the 10th-century Surb Khach (Holy Cross) Armenian Church.

The origin and meaning of the island’s name is based on an old Armenian legend that centers on the love of an Armenian princess named Tamar who lived on the island.

The historic church became a museum after being restored in 2007.The Church of Surb Khach (Holy Cross) was reopened for prayers for the first time in decades in September 2010.

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