All you need to know about Vank Cathedral

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History of Vank Church of Isfahan

On his return to Iran, Shah Abbas brought with him the Armenians living in the cities and villages on their way, destroying all their homes, farms, livestock, and other belongings, and set fire to the Ottoman troops. Reduce their chase. He and his troops accompanied the Armenians to the Jolfa area of Isfahan. Vank Church, the first religious site built by Armenians, is located in Jolfa, Isfahan. The architecture of this church is truly impressive. After resettling Armenians in the Jolfa area of Isfahan, they undertook the cultural, social, economic, and religious measures necessary to create a humane society, including the establishment of religious sites. They founded about seven churches, which were considered the first religious monastery built at the time. Also, during the construction of the Vank church, another church was built in the southwestern part of it, which was used by the clergy for up to five years after its construction. Finally, in the 4th year, due to the lack of space for the original church, Armenians demolished it and began building a new church there. The process of building this religious site continued for nearly a decade until it was completed in the year AD. He then placed a gold-plated inscription on an azure tile on the west porch of the church, indicating the date of its completion and completion. It is written on the inscription: “The Vank Amna Pergich Church was started in the year 1655 BC under the rule of King Abbas II and the descendants of Philip and the leader of the Caliphate of David, with the help of the good people of Julfa. To those who are living or in the past are to receive the prayers of worship in this church. “

Naming of Vank Cathderal in Isfahan

Vank Church or Holy Savior Church is the name of a church in the neighborhood of Jolfa (Isfahan), derived from the name of Surp Amna Perkich Vank Jogha in Nakhchivan.

Architecture of Isfahan Vank Cathderal

Nowadays, Vank Church has many sections, including museums, libraries, printing houses and office buildings, and raw materials (most of the old Armenian churches were built using stone) were used in the construction of this ancient work. This historic site is built on an area of about 4,000 square meters, taking into account the green space and the Vank Gardens, the entire complex is in an area of nearly 9,000 square meters. A towering bell tower, consisting of three storeys, is mounted above the door of the church. On the second floor, there is a massive clock tower, weighing more than 300 kg. Mardyrus Hordanian donated a bell tower and clock to the church in the year 1931 AD, which can be viewed on four sides of the tower. It is interesting to know that there is a marble inscription on the front door, with the following text engraved. "This tower and clock was built and donated by Mardyrus Gorg Hordanian in the year 1931 AD in memory of his late brother who passed away in the year 1924" The small dome and the large dome are two domes built by the builders of the church. It is interesting to note that the domes of this church, like most of the Armenian churches that are geometrically conical, are similar to those of the Iranian mosques during the Safavid era.

In the upper part of the entrance door, on the path between the western wall and the periphery of the small dome of the church, a small bell tower, the second bell tower of the church, is located in a square area. Paintings in different parts of the church, from the Bible, are Christian Bibles. Elegant and artistic ornamentation has been done in various parts of the church, the most prominent being the paintings on the dome, inside the dome, all the angles of the church, all the walls and arches. Most of these paintings show the biblical themes of the Christian Bible. Pictures of the birth of Christ, the Day of Judgment, the Day of Judgment, the Day of Judgment, Paradise and Hell are among those performed by Armenian artists on various parts of this sacred place. It seems that all the paintings, decorations and decorations of the church were financed by someone named Eudice of Audicastanus. Other remarkable things about the decorations are the gilding and gilding of the Vanak church, which is unique and unique among the other Armenian churches. In the north wall section of the church there is an inscription on which the following text is engraved. "In the year 1669 AD, Eudice of Odic, who commemorated the paintings of this church in memory of his family and relatives of his family, passed away and joined Christ."

Museum of Vank Cathedral

Another part of the church is the museum of this religious and sacred place, which dates back more than a hundred years, and was built in the year 1905 by a person named Thathaus Hunanian (author of the book Julfa History of Isfahan). He designed chambers on the north side of the churchyard to store and display books, manuscripts, and historical objects that were used both as museums and as libraries until the year 1930.

Entrance fee

  • For domestic tourists: 10000 Tomans
  • For foreign tourists: 30000 Tomans
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    Isfahan Province, Isfahan, Vank Church Alley

    Opening Hours

    09:00 - 17:00

    Attraction Type

    Cultural & Historical Attractions

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