Vank Cathedral, Esfahan

4.5
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. Make your Esfahan itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • One of the most impressive sights! I was in awe! As an artist, it just inspired me. Such an impressive detail in the frescoes. I just loved it!  more »
  • Despite the huge political undertones this cathedral is first and foremost a place of worship, richly - almost overwhelmingly - decorated with elaborate frescoes depicting the Bible story but also ver...  more »
  • Actually it is a cathedral which mean great church. And it is one of the top 10 church that i visited. This church is near several church more and Armenian neighborhood. After church you can visit Jol...  more »
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  • It is a very nice Armenian church that would influence by Iranian architecture and art! Paintings inside the church would touch anybody soul and make a spiritual feeling inside anybody. It is not a big church but beautiful! The complex museum us very nice and wpils give more information about Armenian in Iran and Armenian genocide in Turkey.
  • So so beautiful church & full of nice wall paintings. All of tourists love to visit it. Do you like to see ? I invite you . : )
  • Isfahan is a beautiful city which also has beautiful Churches including this Vank Cathederal which was built by Armenians few centuries ago. Inside the Church, the wall paintings are among the most attractive features which show multiple biblical stories. There is a museums in it which contains important collection. Unfortunately, you have to pay the enterance ticket which is not fair. As, I said in my other reviews that Sacred places, Shrines & tomb of poets must be entry free.
  • You can see so much beauty in Isfahan historical buildings like mosques, bridges, street, etc. but the Vank Cathedral is different. It has been built in a Muslim city but completely different. There are so many beautiful drawings in it containing pictures that are not accepted in islamic thoughts buildings.
  • Most visit this cathedral when you go to Isfahan. So beautiful arts on the walls and ceilings and also in the museum.

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