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Vank Cathedral, Isfahan

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Specialty Museum · Religious Site
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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  • Highlight: history/Architecture Worth a visit?? Absolutely yes. Religious restriction: No Need a tour guide: OF COURSE YES. Who knows the story behind the murals better than a local tour guide? Time....  more »
  • Through my travels, i have been to many churches in the world and this small cathedral left me with awe as how beautifully and detailed artwork done in every square inch of this church 400 years ago.  more »
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  • Surprisingly Iran is quite welcoming to many religion. Case in point is this beautiful Armenian cathedral right in the middle of Esfahan. A true historical gem in its own right albeit a fairly small cathedral . The inner sanctum has that Byzantine feel to it with ornate wall painting brilliantly preserved till today. Next to the cathedral is a modern building that housed a museum displaying the history of the Armenian Church in Iran..heaps of artifacts to wet the appetite of the history buff..
  • An old cathedral with a long history and heritage. It's one of the main attractions of Isfahan and a must-visit for tourists. One of the reasons to explore this cathedral is to understand the close relationship between Muslims and Christians in a Muslims city. There's also a museum for this cathedral and Iranian Christians which worth the while.
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