Saint Stepanos Monastery, East Azerbaijan Province

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A World Heritage Site, Saint Stepanos Monastery offers an insight into the religious architecture of 17th century Iran. Built in the Arax River canyon, this secluded stone monastery features a design and decorations characteristic of the Late Middle Ages, visible especially in the delicate patterns around the windows. Buy a ticket to get inside the church, where you can attend mass and admire the icons, with the painted depiction of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus standing out. You can spend a day in the campsite outside the monastery, although staying overnight is not recommended. Work out when and for how long to visit Saint Stepanos Monastery and other Jolfa attractions using our handy Jolfa trip itinerary builder tool .
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  • An important Church for Armenian people. The first Christian martyr after the ascension of Jesus was one of his apostles, Behnam Stepanos or Stefanos. The entire area of the church is located in the h...  more »
  • This 9th century monastery is in a remote area near Jolfa and is off the beaten path. It is set against the dramatic backdrop of the surrounding hills. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a testame...  more »
  • Absolutely worthwhile 45-min drive out from Jolfa to see this old monastery in a beautiful scenery. Due to ongoing construction works the church itself is more impressive from outside than from inside...  more »
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  • Very beautiful monastery. It is the second most important Christian centre in Iran. You can also visit Choopan(Shepherd) church 20 km to Jolfa city.
  • Very beautiful church. The best i have seen. it's even larger than St. Thaddeus Monastery.
  • Valuable place positioned in a beautiful green environment.
  • You certainly don't see that very often in Iran, but that is a perfect example of the change of civilization. It is almost 2000 years old (been rebuilt though) and is now a Unesco heritage site. You can see the Armenian border from there. There are only a few Christian church in Iran and this is one of these.
  • One of really ancient and historical places I've ever seen
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