Out of all the landmarks we visited in Armenia, I was the most excited to travel to Lake Sevan. I can remember researching and doing presentations on this lake growing up at my local church, and I was always intrigued by its immense value to its country.
Upon arriving, I immediately noticed the bright blue water–I wasn’t (and still am not) too sure if this color is natural, but it definitely caught my eye. We first walked up to the monastery, passing by a few stray dogs (they scared my mom a little, but they’re harmless if you don’t bother them).
The monastery is small but beautiful, and we took the time to light some candles and take in the beautiful weather outside.
These carved stones outside the monastery are called khachkars. They are a popular and long-lasting form of art in Armenian culture, and each one is completely unique. You can easily see how much detail and time goes into each stone!
We then headed towards the lake, admiring all the accessories and cultural items, such as jewelry made of stones that are unique to Sevan, being sold in the booths on our way down. We definitely spent way too much time talking to the owners and looking through everything, especially since we didn’t even end up getting anything…
There isn’t much to do at the lake itself–except take pictures 😉 — but you can go on a boat ride. They looked like a lot of fun, and a few of my cousins tried it out and loved it.
Lake Sevan is a huge part of Armenia’s history and I feel so lucky to have seen it in person after learning about it for so many years! Luckily, it is only a short drive out of Yerevan, so it’ll definitely be on my list the next time I visit!
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