Vank Cathedral, Esfahan

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#3 of 19 in Historic Sites in Esfahan
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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  • Maybe less artistically accomplished and harmonious major Islamic monuments of Isfahan, the Vank Armenian Cathedral is still a must-see in his show the meeting and contamination between Christianity and Islam. Of particular interest are the frescoes that cover the entire inside: a bit naïve in the invoice (compared to the great European painting), but "Oriental" and so briskly together Christians. Moreover, I found the place nice and cozy, with many Iranian tourists Muslims who wanted to see a bit of ' Europe '.
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  • In the South Bank of the Esfahan 33-hole bridge, not about 10 minutes, the appearance of inconspicuous, although there is a map, but the time to find more laborious, thanks to a passionate Iranian elderly lead the way. The mural of the church is gorgeous and magnificent, it is worthy to be recommended.
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  • A cathedral was unexpected but it has a nice mix of architectures and go inside and see the vibrant icons and paintings covering the walls and ceilings. Well worth a visit and different to the tiled m...  more »

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Esfahan includes a smattering of accommodations that provide variety, if not depth of choice. Along the main Chahar Bagh drag and the streets that lead off it, you'll find a few fairly basic hotels, providing decent rooms in the city center, close to the main attractions and services. Hostels can be found, with dormitory rooms providing particularly good options for budget-conscious travelers who want to be right in the thick of things close to the main square and the bazaar. The most luxurious hotels in town lie further to the south, set in historic buildings overlooking the river.
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