Saint Stepanos Monastery, East Azerbaijan Province

4.7
#3 of 10 in Historic Sites in East Azerbaijan Province
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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  • September 5, 2017
    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 »
  • August 19, 2017
    If you want to travel to Turkey, Armenia or Azerbaijan through Iran, you'd better pay a visit to this exquisite and holy church amid mountains.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    A wonderfully renovated Armenian monastery and a World Heritage Site well worth visiting for its atmospheric location and exceptional history.  more »
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  • May 17, 2017
    The St. Stepanos Monastery or Monastery of St. Stephen the Protomartyr (کلیسای استفانوس مقدس‎‎) - Jolfa, built in the 9th century, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will need to walk a short but a bit steep distance to the site.
  • April 12, 2017
    A fantastic place. Very romantic. Fantastically restored.
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  • June 9, 2017
    One of the most beautiful historic churches in Iran and the world
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  • April 5, 2017
    The value of one's face, but
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  • February 2, 2017
    World Heritage site! Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran
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