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Vank Cathedral, Isfahan

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An Orthodox Christian gem in Isfahan's Jolfa quarter, Vank Cathedral displays a striking blend of Armenian and Safavid architecture. Enter to admire its two adjacent vaults--one with masterfully vivid depictions of scenes from the Bible and the other ornate with Islamic patterns. Built in 1606 and expanded in 1655, the church accommodated the needs of Armenian refugees from the Ottoman lands. Stop in its library to see intricately painted miniatures of gospels on display. A museum within the complex details the life of Isfahan's Armenian community. Make your Isfahan itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • The Armenian Christian cathedral preserves beautiful frescoes (which would not be disfigured at all next to works of the best Italian Renaissance) and equally beautiful geometric decorations on the dome of the main altar. It is surprising, after so many geometric decorations proper to mosques, to review the human figures to which we are so accustomed in Europe. Notably, the depiction of Christ's temptation, in which Satan is depicted as a respectable elder with a gray beard and purple dress... totally unusual for us Europeans!
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  • The cathedral is interesting and worthy of a visit for the sake of getting to know the Armenian cultural and religious heritage of Isfahan, as well as to see the amazing combination of Islamic architecture and Christian interior. Renewed murals are colorful and festive. In principle, Armenian artists in temple painting have never reached the heights of craftsmanship (unlike miniaturists), but nevertheless it is interesting and useful to get acquainted with this temple. Opposite the entrance to the small square is a wonderful pottery shop with hand-painted and carpet shop with a pleasant seller and no less pleasant prices!
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  • A wonderful place to experience the harmony that for long has existed among Muslims and Christians in this beautiful city. I used to work near the cathedral and it was always charming to hear church bells and adhan (Muslim call for prayer) from the mosques.
  • Very very beautiful and interesting museum and cathedral. Worth visiting.
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