The church is one of the finest surviving monuments of ancient Armenian culture in eastern Turkey.
The church is located on an island in Lake Van in eastern Turkey and was built in the 10th century
A Turkish flag and a picture of Turkish leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk at the entrance to the church during a ceremony marking the end of its renovation in 2007.
Armenian Patriarch Mesrob II visited the church in 2007.
An Armenian man prays after the 2007 opening ceremony.