Sevan Island

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Sevan Island / Սևանի կղզի
Sevan Peninsula / Սևանի թերակղզի
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Sevan Peninsula from afar.
Geography
Location Armenia Gegharkunik Province, Armenia
Coordinates 38°20′30″N 43°02′07″E / 38.341667°N 43.035278°E / 38.341667; 43.035278Coordinates: 38°20′30″N 43°02′07″E / 38.341667°N 43.035278°E / 38.341667; 43.035278
Highest elevation 1,950 m (6,400 ft)
Administration

Sevan Island (Armenian: Սևանի կղզի Sevani kğzi), now Sevan Peninsula (Armenian: Սևանի թերակղզի Sevani t'erakğzi) was an island in the northwestern part of Lake Sevan in Armenia. After the artificial draining of Lake Sevan, which started in the Joseph Stalin era, the water level fell about 20 metres, and the island transformed into a peninsula. At the southern shore of this newly created peninsula, a guesthouse of the Armenian Writers' Union was built. The eastern shore is occupied by the Armenian president's summer residence, while the monastery's still active seminary moved to newly constructed buildings at the northern shore of the peninsula.

Sevan Island is home to a ninth-century Armenian Cathedral church, known as Sevanavank, which is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Armenia.

Sevan Island in 1937.

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Panoramic view of the Sevan Peninsula

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