Yelkenli was once an Armenian village named Surp or Sorp. It is located on the shores of Lake Van.
Remains of the Monastery of John-the-Baptist of Sorp, building date unknown, restaurated in the 16th century on a hill above Lake Van, next to the village of Yelkenli (Sorp). (J.N. Thierry, Monastères arméniens du Vaspurakan VI, in: Revue des Études arméniennes, n.s. 9 (1972) (pp.153-156)