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A broken khachkar (carved cross-stone), one of the most characteristic symbols of Armenian identity, is seen next to the Sevanavank, a monastic complex located on a peninsula at the shore of Lake Sevan. A number of khachkars, which were created in historic Armenia and surrounding regions, in modern times have become the possession of Turkey, Azerbaijan, and partly Georgia and Iran. The khachkars were broken into pieces or were transformed to stones for construction and were used in the construction of individual houses and public buildings, particularly in the walls of public schools.