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Old July 11th, 2005, 03:04 PM   #1
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This is definitely a medieval Armenian church (7th-11th century AD style). There are lots of these in eastern Turkey.

I assume this photo shows a place close to the Armenian border.
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Old July 11th, 2005, 03:12 PM   #3
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An explanation for those who wondered what it was
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Old July 11th, 2005, 03:18 PM   #4
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I was excited to see something from my country
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Old July 11th, 2005, 03:19 PM   #5
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you're living in iran?
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I'm Turkish, i.e. Anatolian

This type of architecture belongs to Anatolia
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Old July 11th, 2005, 03:27 PM   #8
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I didn't know they also existed in Iran.

Probably close to the border with Armenia.
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There's something very similar in appearance close to Lake Van.
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Akdamer Church by Lake Van in eastern Turkey:



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Old July 11th, 2005, 03:38 PM   #11
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Akdamar Church on Akdamar Island, Lake Van (eastern Turkey)



This is an earlier example of medieval Armenian church architecture
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Haha - I beat you to it Asipoo...
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I like eastern Turkey - vast open spaces and a sense of raw untamed wilderness - something quite rare in the current EU. For that reason I think this place should be part of the mightly EU empire. I want the right to start an adventure tourism resort there and never have to worry about visas or legal hassles.
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Lake Van (Turkey's largest lake)



Akdamar Island in Lake Van



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Images of Akdamar Church, one of the earliest examples of medieval Armenian church architecture











View of Lake Van from Akdamar Island





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Is it true lake Van has a monster living in it?
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Lake Van also happens to be Turkey's Loch Ness, with creepy stories about a creature living in it.

I doubt that a creature would enjoy living in the mineral water of Lake Van
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It's like living in a large bottle of Perrier
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Here's an interesting web site showing Ani, the medieval capital city of Armenia (now within the borders of Turkey)

Ani has the richest collection of medieval Armenian architecture

Click on the interactive map below to see the churches:

http://www.virtualani.freeserve.co.uk/citymap.htm
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