St. Thaddeus Monastery (Qareh Kelissa)
The Monastery of Saint Thaddeus is an ancient Armenian monastery in the mountainous area of West Azerbaijan Province, Iran. Also known as the Black Church, it is about 20 kilometers from the town of Maku, and is visible from quite a distance, due to the massiveness of the church, strongly characterized by the polygonal drums and conical roofs of its two domes. St. Thaddeus Monastery has been registered in the UNESCO as a world heritage and is known to be one of the most eminent Churches of Armenians the whole world.
Saint Stepanos Monastery
The St. Stepanos Monastery or Monastery of St. Stephen the Protomartyr is an Armenian monastery about 15 km northwest of Jolfa city, East Azarbaijan Province northwest Iran. It is situated in a deep canyon along the Arax river on the Iranian side of the border between Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and Iran. It was built in the 9th century and rebuilt in the Safavid era after several earthquakes damaged it. The Church of St. Stepanus has been registered in the UNESCO as a world heritage.
Holy Savior Cathedral, also known as Vank Cathedral and The Church of the Saintly Sisters, is a cathedral in Isfahan, Iran. Vank means “monastery” or “convent” in the Armenian language.
The Vank Cathedral was one of the first churches to be established in the city’s Jolfa district in 1606 by the hundreds of thousands of Armenian deportees that were resettled by Shah Abbas I during the Ottoman War of 1603-1618. The varying fortunes and independence of this suburb across the Zayanderud and its eclectic mix of European missionaries, mercenaries and travelers can be traced almost chronologically in the cathedral’s combination of building styles and contrasts in its external and internal architectural treatment.