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. 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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  • August 18, 2017
    Although there is at Esfahan, entering the District of Jolfa it is immediately shown in Armenia. You perceive the diversity from the shops, restaurants and the architecture of buildings. It's a visit that, in my opinion, should be done once the visit to the Isfahan Iran, maybe was inside for dinner, offering several good bars and restaurants and great price.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The Cathedral is overwhelming. I stood inside and didn't know where to look first, as there are so many details and pictures. One of the most beautiful churches I've ever seen. The museum on the area ...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Located in the famous district of Jolfa in Isfahan, Vank Cathedral has been the residence of the archbishop Armenian community of southern Iran for centuries. The place captivates you as you enter it ...  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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