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Armenia - Sunrise on shores of Lake Sevan with very tiny Sevanavank monastery in the background | by © Lucie Debelkova /
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Armenia - Sunrise on shores of Lake Sevan with very tiny Sevanavank monastery in the background

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Lake Sevan - Սևանա լիճ - Sevana Lich is the largest lake in Armenia and one of the largest high-altitude lakes in the world. Lake Sevan is situated in the central part of the Republic of Armenia, inside the Gegharkunik Province, at the altitude of 1,900m above sea level. The total surface area of its basin is about 5,000 km2, the lake itself is 940 km2, and the volume is 34.0 bln cubic meters. It is fed by 28 rivers and streams. Only 10% of the outgoing water is drained by the Hrazdan (Razdan) river, while the remaining 90% evaporates. Along with Lake Van and Lake Urmia, Sevan was considered one of the three great lakes of the historical Armenian Kingdom, collectively referred to as the Seas of Armenia; it is the only one within the boundaries of today's Republic of Armenia. The Sevanavank peninsula (formerly an island) is the historic area of the lake at its northern shores.


Yet another shot when the perseverance paid off. This shot was taken during rather rainy days, so not the best conditions to get up early in the morning into unknown, when the warm bed seemed as so much better option. At the end it was very lovely morning and the sun showed up for little while to present us with some wonderful colors. As for this shot - unless you know this area really well, you would not notice that there is also one of the most visited Armenian churches on the shot - Sevanavank monastery. It is a small dot on the hill. You can guess that it is not the shot of Sevanavank monastery itself, but to give you an idea of surrounding landscape.


Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Lens: EF17-40mm f/4L USM; Focal length: 31.00 mm; Aperture: 22; Exposure time: 10.0 s; ISO: 100


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Taken on May 5, 2011