Sevanavank peninsula is situated some kilometres from Sevan town. It used to be an island, but after an industrial project during Soviet times the water level of the lake dropped almost 20 metres.Here you will find the monastery Sevanavank. From the monastery I walked to the top of the peninsula. While I was taking pictures I noticed there was a...more
Going back from the restaurant to my hut in the evening I passed two beach discos. There didn’t look to be so much more entertainment around, and on the dance floor were people in all ages and they all seemed to have fun. There was luckily no discos at Flamingo Beach and the sounds from the other beaches was not too loud.There was no entrance fee...more
Sevanavank is situated high up on Sevan Peninsula, 6 km from Sevan town. From a car park stairs are leading up to the churches. You will pass some khatchkars on your way up, and a tomb of a 20th century navy captain. The first church you will come to is the smaller Arakelots Church (Holy Apostles), which was not open when I visited. The second...more
Sevan town is situated about 60 km from Yerevan, not just by the shores of the lake, but a couple of kilometres inland. Since Armenia got independent about a third of the population has left the town, which now has got a population of 10 000 people. The town doesn’t look very pretty. There are a lot of apartment blocks built in the pink coloured...more
Lake Sevan is the largest lake in Armenia, covering about 5% of the country’s area. Sevan is situated at 1900 metres above sea level and winters here are long and cold, but during the summer months lots of people come here for holiday to swim. I stayed by the beach at the busy Sevan Peninsula, but there are more quiet places. When I was in Dilijan...more
Sevanavank is a church complex along the shores of Lake Sevan. It consists of two churches: the Church of S. Astvatsatsin (Mother of God) and the smaller Church of S. Arakelots (Holy Apostles).The complex was founded in 874 AD by Princess Mariam, who was the wife of Prince Vasak of Kapur and the daughter of the Bagratuni King Asot, and for a long...more
Where the stairs starts to go up to Sevanavank there is Ashot Yerkat Restaurant, a restaurant with a big terrace facing lake Sevan. I had dinner here one evening, and had kebab, fried potatoes, salad, bread and Armenian beer. It was 2500 drams, plus tip. It felt comfortable to sit here, eating slowly, watching the blue lake and listening to the...more
Granted that it was not easy to order, as none of the waiters spoke english, we ended up having a most delicious meal in the hotel garden Isshkhan, the famous lake sevan trout... grilled to perfection and somewhat spiced... it wasvery tasty. Obviously it called for some lavash bread.Beware: trouts are so large that are enough for two people, no...more
Nune from the guesthouse was going to Yerevan the same morning as I was going to Sevan. We decided to take the 10 o’clock minibus together. As we arrived at the bus stop (near the roundabout) it turned out the bus was late so we shared a taxi with two other people (I guess they were all going to Yerevan). I was dropped by the road leading out on...more
There is no public transport from Sevan Peninsula and it is very hard to find a taxi (in the morning they are none existing). Marshrutkas (minibuses) to Yerevan are leaving from Sevan town, about 5 – 6 km away from the beach area on the peninsula. I asked for a taxi, but was told to go up to the main road and stop a bus (for example marshrutkas...more
Every 40 minutes a bus departs from Isahakian street (near Yeritasardakan metro station and Poplavok restaurant) and costs 400 (a run down bus) or 500 drams (a minibus). It takes about an hour to the not so pleasant Sevan town. It'll drop you at a taxi stand. If you wish so you can take a taxi (don't pay more than 1000 drams) or just walk eastwards...more
Katchkars are carved stone crosses (it means cross-stone) and they are a unique tradition to the Armenians and can be found all over Armenia. They are memorial stones with carved crosses, often with a sun disc or rosette below it and with ornaments like leaves and grapes. The Armenians started to make katchkars in the 9th century. Katchkars can...more
In the trees and bushes around Armenian monasteries there are a lot of stripes of cloths tied to the branches. It is a religious custom saying that prayers will be answered if you tie a strip of cloth to a tree near the monastery. These ones are tied to a small tree near Sevanavank.more
Don't forget that the lake is situated at a high altitude (almost 2000 m above sea) so the Sun may be very dangerous whatever the weather. Should you swim, sunbath or just see the monastery, use the sunscreen with as high sun protection factor as possible and a good hat.
Noraduz is a small uninteresting village well known for its cross-stones, the khachkars. In the village cemetery's there are thousands of them, old and modern alike. These cross-stones are the best examples of the original manifestation of Armenian medieval culture. In this cemetery, where some of the khachkars date back to the 13th and 14th century, you should look out for the "embroidered" ones - they are amazing.
In the cemetery you can also find small chapels and several local sheperds busy watching over their sheep. Look at their dark complexion: they belong to a distinctive ethnic group. Noraduz is about 30 minutes drive from Sevan town.
As Lake Sevan is around 1900m above sea level, the atmospheric effects for those of us who live pretty close to sea level are striking and unusual. I particularly like the way the clouds appear to roll down the mountain slopes into the lake. Four of these pictures are taken from the Sevanavank Peninsula and the fifth is an early morning shot of the...more
Lake Sevan is possibly Armenia's favourite resort - it's a huge mountain lake which takes up 5% of the country's area and it's about 2000 metres above sea level - and with turquoise waters.Maxim Gorky once described ut as: "a piece of the sky that had descended to the earth among the mountains". The southern and eastern shores are white and sandy,...more