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Breathtaking in the beauty of its surroundings, the ruined church of Akdamar Island in Lake Van represents one of the most sublime examples of religious architecture. The church is the sole remaining building of the palace of Akdamar built by the architect Bishop Manuel between 915 and 921 AD.

It is said that the stone relief decoration of Akdamar is very original, in fact, unique!

Bold relieves surround the building in various bands and at different heights, sometimes erupting out of walls as sculpture, appearing at other times as bordures enhancing the architecture. They present a wide range of themes, ranging from religious subjects derived from the Bible and the Old Testament to worldly scenes such as palace life, hunting figures from daily life and a variety of animals.

One of them depicts "Adam picking the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden"...

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