Vank Cathedral, Esfahan

4.4
#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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  • in the center of the Armenian quarter, with a richly decorated Church, a place of calm in the city. A museum souvenir memory Armenian, a break of mosques
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  • Is a Christian Cathedral in the heart of Isfahan. Armenia to be precise. Inside there are some beautiful frescoes. The Armenians are a highly respected community in iran
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  • This Cathedral and your Museum is located in the Armenian quarter which is very different from the rest of Esfahan city. I had lunch in the very nice restaurant Bam and-Jolfa Restaurant and drank a cup of coffee in the Akhtamar Coffee. The small church has some beautiful frescoes and the Armenian Museum evokes the genocide committed by the Turks in 1915, about this people (more than 1 million dead). On the flags of the countries that recognize the genocide, unfortunately, not on that of Portugal. VISIT REQUIRED!
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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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