Vank Cathedral

Iran Budget Tour / Vank Cathedral

Built between 1606 and 1655 with the encouragement of the Safavid rulers, Vank Cathedral is the historic focal point of the Armenian church in Iran. The church’s exterior is unexciting, but the interior is richly decorated and shows the curious mixture of styles – Islamic tiles and designs alongside Christian imagery – that characterises most churches in Iran. The frescoes are truly magnificent, and sometimes wonderfully gruesome. Church is open daily from 8am-12.30pm & 2-5.30pm, to 6.30pm summer

vank cathedral

Church of Bethlehem

Located within few minute walk from the Vank cathedral, there is another great historic church which offer interesting things to see. The frescoes on the walls and ceilings of the Church of Bethlehem, built in 1628, are arguably of a higher quality. The interior of the high dome is decorated with swirling black motifs on a golden background, while the base is surrounded by paintings of Biblical scenes.

Church of Bethlehem

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