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It made in 800 years ago and it's location is northeast of Jolfa , it's distance is 11 km . it's very important Church for Armenian .
The Armenian church and monastery St Stephanos is situated about 50 km west of Jolfa in the Aros River valley, with a beautiful mountain scenery around.
The church has a typical Armenian architecture with a tall bell tower and in the middle a cylindrical tower with a conical roof. On the exterior walls there are well preserved relieves of crosses, angels and saints (most churches in Armenia only have relieves and carvings of crosses on the walls).
It is said that St Bartholomew founded a church here already AD 62, and it is also said that the Armenian king Ashot constructed a church and monastery on the site in the 9th century. Well, of what can be seen today the oldest part dates from the 14th century, but most is from the 16th century as it had to be rebuilt after an earthquake.
To go to St Stephanos from Tabriz on a tour (car and driver) cost about IR 300 000 (June 2006).Related to:
- Religious Travel
- Historical Travel
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