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Vank Cathedral, Isfahan

4.5
#1 of 15 in Museums in Isfahan
An Orthodox Christian gem in Isfahan's Jolfa quarter, Vank Cathedral displays a striking blend of Armenian and Safavid architecture. Enter to admire its two adjacent vaults--one with masterfully vivid depictions of scenes from the Bible and the other ornate with Islamic patterns. Built in 1606 and expanded in 1655, the church accommodated the needs of Armenian refugees from the Ottoman lands. Stop in its library to see intricately painted miniatures of gospels on display. A museum within the complex details the life of Isfahan's Armenian community. Make your Isfahan itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • The exterior of the building is not particularly interesting, but the richly decorated interior has a mixture of styles. Tiles of majolica, Islamic motifs and Christian images create a strange context however very beautiful. To visit.
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  • The entrance is twice as expensive as any other things I have had to pay for on this trip entrance fee. Was it worth it? Probably not. The artwork in the church is good and the museum on the premises is adequate, but to ask for the double entrance is ridiculous. The church /museum shop sells ordinary souvenirs and nothing special where the name of the church stands up not even a postcard of the church, but maps of other sights in the city. Space for improvement.
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  • A wonderful place to experience the harmony that for long has existed among Muslims and Christians in this beautiful city. I used to work near the cathedral and it was always charming to hear church bells and adhan (Muslim call for prayer) from the mosques.
  • Very very beautiful and interesting museum and cathedral. Worth visiting.
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