Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran

Iran Armenian Monastic Ensembles

Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran

Locating in a green natural context of North West of Iran, UNESCO recognized Armenian Monastic Ensembles as world heritage site. Sharing border with Armenia, Iran houses three important churches that the remains of the oldest one, St Thaddeus, dates back to 7th century. Each one located in a remote, strikingly beautiful setting. Despite being isolated and virtually unknown, the journey would be so rewarding.


Barely known by tourists, Armenian monastic ensembles of Iran bear a rich testimony of an integrated architecture with other regional cultures such as: Byzantine, Orthodox, Assyrian, Persian and Muslim. The ensemble includes St Thaddeus, St Stepanos as well as the Chapel of Dzordzor. The construction survived some 2000 years of naturally or humanly destruction.

Short about Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran

Qareh Kelisa: Aka Black church is located in West Azerbaijan, Chaldoran County. The church is clearly visible from Maku. St Thaddeus church together with Safavid King Tomb, Chaldoran war and other historical monuments is great place to visit.

St Stephanos: Located in Jolfa, east Azerbaijan, in a deep canyon along Aras River.

Chapel of Dzordzor: The smallest yet the cutest one, located on a hill above a dam west of Maku.

Now, the majority of Armenian community is living in and around Tabriz, Jolfa in Isfahan and Tehran.

Another very important place where the Armenian are concentrated is in Isfahan. Pilgrims from in or out of Isfahan gather in Vank Cathedral every year. 

Where to stay?

Since they are situated away from each other, you need at least a day to visit the place and enjoy it in a relaxed pace. 


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