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Vank Cathedral, Esfahan
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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. A visit to Vank Cathedral represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Esfahan itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • This Armenian cathedral is a lovely jewel. The "busy" religious scenes and décor are more than the eye can grasp in a quick take. Look up! Look around. One thinks of other Orthodox churches as the sty...  more »
  • Passing a gate actually passes from East to West, from islam to Catholicism (Armenian) and it's a real change in mentality. After seeing mosques and mausoleums symbol of Muslim faith come to a complex where the most important attraction is the Cathedral Church. From the outside it looks like a normal village churches but the Interior is shocking: paintings everywhere and especially the last judgement. The presence of all those human figures painted stuns some visitors who, while traveling, he joined the Islamic mentality in which the human representation is forbidden. Here the mass Armenian Christian calendar. Outside the church there is a museum with several important holy books and the famous Bible verse engraved on a hair visible through a microscope as well as the world's smallest book. Don't waste too much time if you're not passionate. Outside in the square, deserves a minute layover the simple monument commemorating the painful and dreadful Armenian genocide. Despite being a sacred place Armenian women must dress according to the Iranian law.
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  • Armenian Vank Cathedral offers a radical contrast to the tiles and mosaics of the mosques. Breaded gold Christian frescoes are spectacular. The attached Museum houses a tiny book and a few Scriptures on a single hair.
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