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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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  • In the heart of the ancient city of Isfahan, home to some of the most beautiful mosquee of ancient Persia lies this little gem Armenian. The Church is located in the old Armenian quarter and contains impressive frescoes do not miss, small but rich. Be sure to visit the adjacent Armenian Museum.
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  • It is a church in the middle of an Islamic country, and it is surprisingly beautiful. Fascinating frescos, heavenly voice from dome, the story behind... There is a museum too, which is worthy to visit...  more »
  • If you are European and you have seen many historical churches do not spent time there. The Armenian area was very touristy and commercial. It is a well kept clean area. It reminded me of a typical su...  more »