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Saint Stepanos Monastery or holy Stepanos is an old church in Jolfa and near the Aras river that its appearance has not changed during the time and is still persist and spectacular.

About Saint Stepanos Monastery

One of the attractions of East Azarbaijan, near Tabriz that  is center of Iran tourism, is Saint Stepanos Monastery. It is also mentioned in Armenian books called by this name, somewhere between the mountains and in the border region between Jolfa and the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Saint Stepanos Monastery, Jolfa, Isfahan, photo: @samdavani

The History of the Monastery

Interestingly, Saint Stepanos Monastery was built by Archbishop of Julfa in 1643. In fact, it was built in 1655, but later, in 1680, they added a number of sections to it and, over the years, they have repaired it. This church is also registered in UNESCO world heritage site.

Saint Stepanos Monastery, Jolfa, Isfahan

Saint Stepanos Monastery, Jolfa, Isfahan

However, the Saint Stepanos Monastery belongs to the Gregorian branch of Christians, and it is the second most important Armenian church in Iran after St. Thaddeus Monastery. Moreover, Armenians gather from different cities and countries on August 14th, the day of the martyrdom of one of the apostles of Christ, Thaddaeus in this church.

Garden of Saint Stepanos Monastery, Jolfa, Isfahan

Garden of Saint Stepanos Monastery, Jolfa, Isfahan

Furthermore, the amazing architecture of Saint Stepanos Monastery is one of the reasons for its attraction. The architecture, interior decoration, and materials used in its construction are similar to those of the tenth century to the 12th century, and a combination of the Parthian, Roman, and Urartu styles and it is different from the Iranian architecture.

Saint Stepanos Monastery, Jolfa, Isfahan

Saint Stepanos Monastery, Jolfa, Isfahan

However, in 2005, when Saint Stepanos Monastery was restored, many pieces of bones, several pieces of fabric, wax pieces, clay, and Boswellia were found, and according to the Archbishop and the Caliph of Tehran Armenians, these bones probably belonged to Yahya.

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