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Saint Stepanos Monastery, East Azerbaijan Province

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Architectural Building
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. By using our Jolfa holiday planner, you can arrange your visit to Saint Stepanos Monastery and other attractions in Jolfa.
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  • Saint Stepanos was one the apostles and the first martyr for Christianity. The building's antiquity goes to 900 years ago. It is surrounded by mountains and its road is near beautiful Aras river.  more »
  • very historical place in behind mountains with cold weather u can find small river of natural water and some trees u can sit under trees and relax u can fin there 1 restaurant and one supermarket and ...  more »
  • The now abandoned monastery is surrounded by a huge stone wall.The cruciform stone church is under restoration and the inside is closed to visit at this time. Free entrance .  more »
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  • 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.
  • A fantastic place. Very romantic. Fantastically restored.
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  • One of the most beautiful historic churches in Iran and the world
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  • The value of one's face, but
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  • World Heritage site! Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran
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