Van is a city in eastern Turkey located just east of the largest lake in the country. Though now populated mostly by Kurds, it had a sizeable Armenian population before the Armenian Genocide of 1915. There were several churches in the city and surrounding area, but the only one that remains (as far as I know) is on the island of Akdamar. During my visit there, I was surprised by how beautiful the place is. One of my favourite spots so far. While there, I saw a group of Armenian tourists, ate almonds from a tree, and took a dip on the lake. Good day.