Saint Stepanos Monastery, East Azerbaijan Province

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#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 Tabriz attractions using our handy Tabriz trip itinerary builder tool .
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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
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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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  • World Heritage site! Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran
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The main places to stay in Tabriz sit south of the river in the city center. As a large city with a diverse set of visitors each year, Tabriz offers a range of different accommodations across its central area, including luxury hotels with all manner of additional facilities, and guesthouses along Ferdowsi Street and Amin Street offering simple rooms, ideal for budget-conscious travelers. Campsites in the city's main parks offer free pitches and varying levels of additional facilities, including picnic areas, toilets, and play areas.
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