Adır Island

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The Monastery from North-East

Adır Island (Turkish: Adır Adası) or Lim Island (Armenian: Լիմ կղզի Lim kghzi), is an island in Lake Van. During the Armenian genocide upwards of 12,000 Armenian women and children, crossed to the isle over a period of three days while a few dozen men covered their retreat from Hamidiye regiments. The Situation became soon critical because of a lack of food.[1], [2]

The Armenian Monastery on the island was called St. George or Sourp Kevork.[3] It was built in 1305 and expanded in 1621 and 1766. The Monastery is currently in ruins.[3] The island also contains a cemetery of Armenian khachkars.[3]



  1. ^ Kevorkian, Raymond (2011). The Armenian Genocide: A Complete History. London: I.B. Taurus and Co. Ltd. p. 322. ISBN 978 1 84885 561 8.
  2. ^ Ter Martirosyan (A-Do), Hovhannes (2017). Van 1915: The Great Events of Vasbouragan. London: Gomidas Institute. p. 127-130. ISBN 978 1 909382 37 4.
  3. ^ a b c "A Pilgrimage to Lake Van" (PDF). EasternTurkeyTours. Retrieved 25 May 2013.

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Coordinates: 38°52′00″N 43°21′00″E / 38.866667°N 43.35°E / 38.866667; 43.35