The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)

The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
  • ThemeArchitecture/ Religious and Epic
  • CodeIRRS32
  • Duration4 hr(s)
  • Best TimeSPRING | AUTUMN
    What To Expect

    Exploring the beautiful church of Saint Mary in Jolfa quarter dating back to 1613;

    Visiting Hakoup Church, the first church of Armenians in Isfahan dating back to 1604;

    Browsing the beautiful Saint George Church built in the time of Shah Abbas I;

    Visiting the magnificent church of Bethlehem dating back to 1627;

    Visiting the Safavid Cathedral built about 360 years ago;

    Photos of the The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)

    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
    St. Mary Church of Isfahan
    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
    St. Mary Church of Isfahan
    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
    St. Mary Church of Isfahan
    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
    St. Mary Church of Isfahan
    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
    Saint George Church of Isfahan
    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
    Saint George Church of Isfahan
    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
    Saint George Church of Isfahan
    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
    Bedkhem Church (Bethlehem)
    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
    Bedkhem Church (Bethlehem)
    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
    Bedkhem Church (Bethlehem)
    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
    Bedkhem Church (Bethlehem)
    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
    Bedkhem Church (Bethlehem)
    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
    Bedkhem Church (Bethlehem)
    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
    Bedkhem Church (Bethlehem)
    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
    Bedkhem Church (Bethlehem)
    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
    Bedkhem Church (Bethlehem)
    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
    Bedkhem Church (Bethlehem)
    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
    Bedkhem Church (Bethlehem)
    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
    Vank Cathedral
    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
    Vank Cathedral
    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
    Vank Cathedral
    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
    Vank Cathedral
    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
    Vank Cathedral
    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
    Vank Cathedral
    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
    Vank Cathedral
    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
    Vank Cathedral
    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
    Vank Cathedral
    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)
    Vank Cathedral

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    The Top Holy Houses of Armenians in Isfahan (Armenian Churches)

    Visiting New Julfa never ceases to inspire, thanks to the historical houses and Armenian Apostolic Churches. During the reign of Shah Abbas I, a new phase of war began between the Safavids and the Ottoman empire. In 1601, the Safavid army was forced to draw back and to prevent the Ottoman army from crossing the southern part of Aras river, Shah Abbas ordered the evacuation of all the residential neighborhoods located in the Ararat plateau and the Nakhchivan region. As a result, an obligatory migration was organized and Armenians were settled in different regions of Iran, including Gilan, Mazandaran, Hamedan, Kashan, Fereydan, Chaharmahal-va-Bakhtiari, Shiraz, and Isfahan.

     Among the Armenians who were forced to migrate to Isfahan, there were merchants, artisans and craftsmen. Upon their arrival in Isfahan, they were settled along the south bank of the Zayandehrud river and their new home became known as New Jolfa. This quarter is still prospering as the residence of Armenian people who have preserved their own language and identity, while obeying the Iranian laws.

    During the reign of the Safavid dynasty, New Jolfa’s prosperity and beauty owed to the mastery of its new residents in arts, commerce and industry as well as the beautiful houses and churches located in this quarter. Settling down in Isfahan, Armenian people were influenced by the Iranian architecture and manifested it by combining their own architectural techniques, traditions and beliefs with those of the Iranian culture. For instance, churches in Isfahan feature a large dome, similar to that of a mosque, instead of conical or semi-conical domes or copulas installed over the Western churches. The characteristics of the Islamic and Safavid architecture are evident in the houses of New Jolfa too. 


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    A) St. Mary Church of Isfahan
    Duration : 1 hr(s)
    Point Type: STARTING

    Saint Mary Church was commissioned by an Armenian silk merchant, Khajeh Avedik Babakian, during the reign of Shah Abbas the Great. The historical inscription of the church maintains that the construction of the church was completed in 1613. Named after Saint Mary, this church was more popular among the women. 

    The church is small in size compared to other churches in Jolfa, but houses very fine, beautiful frescoes as well as precious chandeliers of gold and silver. It is mostly famous for its high-quality paintings, two of which painted in Venice and donated to the church by an Armenian merchant, Khajeh Greg Aqa. 


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    7 MIN(S) BY WALKING

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    Cost Info

    Tickets
    • St. Mary Church of Isfahanfree
    • Saint George Church of Isfahan
    • Bedkhem Church (Bethlehem)2 €
    • Vank Cathedral3 €
    • Destination
    • Transportation Type
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    Additional Info

    • After leaving the Hakoup and Saint Mary churches, you can spend a little time in Julfa square.

    • You can drink coffee in one of the coffee shops around the square.

    • Check out the sun clock at the northern part of the square, displaying the day, month, sunset and sunrise. If it is night, don’t worry, the clock also works at nights!

    • Don’t miss walking through the cobbled atmospheric pass ways of Jolfa!


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