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[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] The Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran is a World Heritage Site comprising the Saint Thaddeus Monastery, Staint Stepanos Monastery and the Chapel of Dzordzor. These three edifices are of outstanding universal value bearing testimony to the the Byzantine, Orthodox and Persian cultural exchanges which took place in the area.


Saint Thaddeus Monastery, Iran
Saint Thaddeus Monastery, Iran
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The oldest of the Armenian monasteries is Saint Thaddeus. It dates from the 7th century. Located in the West Azarbaijan Province, about 20 km from Maku, the Saint Thaddeus Monastery was named after St Thaddeus, also called Saint Jude. Martyred while spreading the Gospel, St Thaddeus is revered by the Armenian Church. The church structure that we see today dates from the rebuilding effort undertaken in 1329 after it was damaged by earthquake ten years earlier.


Saint Stepanos Monastery, Iran
Saint Stepanos Monastery, Iran
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St. Stepanos Monastery is another Armenian monastery inscribed on the World Heritage List. It is located about 15 km to the northwest of Jolfa, in the East Azarbaijan Province of Iran. It dates from the 9th century. As with St Thaddeus Monastery, it was rebuilt after damage by earthquake.

The Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 32nd session of the World Heritage Committee held in Quebec City, Canada, on 2 to 10 July, 2008.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N38 58 44 E45 28 24 in Iran.
Inscription Year: 2008
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, III, VI

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