Armenia: Scenic Lake Sevan & Sevanavank Monastery

One of the sites that I was excited to see in Armenia was Lake Sevan. As a lover of beautiful scenery and natural landscapes, Lake Sevan, in my opinion, is a site to behold.

Coming from Yerevan, this place is approximately a 1.5 hour drive. We did not stay in Lake Sevan. It was just one of our tour stop before crossing the border going to Georgia. While we were there,  we visited one of the country’s historic monastery – Sevanavank. The monastery was first situated in a small island at the southern shore of Lake Sevan. However, after an artificial draining of the lake, the water receded and it formed a peninsula.

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Armenia is a landlocked country. This is the reason why Lake Sevan is considered their biggest water resource.  Locals considered the lake as a sea since it is where they get most of their seafood supplies. According to our local tour guide, the lake is bigger than Singapore. Lake Sevan is also a lively resort town which is why many locals flock here to enjoy the beach and other water activities during summer. Yes. They have several beaches here.

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As I’ve said, Lake Sevan is a lively place. Aside from many water activities, the lake also has several beaches. Should you decide to stay here for a couple of days, there are a number of hotels and resorts to choose from. Day trippers, on the other hand, can enjoy the beautiful views or perhaps a relaxing lunch by the lake after visiting the monasteries.

Truly, Lake Sevan is Armenia’s jewel.


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