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. Make your Esfahan itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • In the Islamic Republic of Iran, it´s refreshing to discover that different religions and culture are respected, as Shah Abbas promised to the first Armenian immigrants. The Vank Cathedral houses the ...  more »
  • Built by the savafides for the deported Armenians of Jolfa in Azerbaijan has Isfahan this Church looks like too much of the outside has a mosque. The inside is very beautiful with beautiful paintings. Affecting small museum included in the ticket price.
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  • The Armenian church is definitely worth the visit. The paintings, a combination of Eslimi paintings along with the Christian stories depicted around the church are impressive and have created a divine...  more »
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  • This cathedral is even interesting for the Armenians just because it is a mix of the Islamic and the Armenian Christian cultures. You can notice Christian frescoes right above Islamic ornaments. The dome of the church is not like a usual Armenian dome. It is Iranian. That is what makes it unique and beautiful. Also, if you want to get acquainted with the rich Armenian heritage in Isfahan, don't forget to visit the museum that is inside the monastery. P.S. the word ''Vank'' simply means monastery in Armenian.
  • It is a very nice Armenian church that would influence by Iranian architecture and art! Paintings inside the church would touch anybody soul and make a spiritual feeling inside anybody. It is not a big church but beautiful! The complex museum us very nice and wpils give more information about Armenian in Iran and Armenian genocide in Turkey.
  • Awesome paintings. Nice Armenians. Don't miss it.
  • A beautiful and historic place. With beautiful and stunning paintings. With the historic museum.
  • Breath taking. Don't forget to walk around the area, it's a cute little barrio.
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