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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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Where to stay in Esfahan

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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  • This cathedral is in the Armenian quarter – it is worth a visit to see some of the cultural and religious diversity that is found in Iran. The Armenian community were brought here to Esfahan in 16th c...  more »
  • This is a place to refresh the soul. A hidden part of Iran's rich, multicultural heritage and history. So much to read and learn and artefacts to admire. Quiet and reflective but not sombre. Must not ...  more »
  • From the outside you would probably just walk straight past it as looks unassuming. However step inside to see some of the most vivid and satanic paintings you'll ever see. There is a very interesting...  more »