In Iran, the majority religion is Islam, but Christianity has also a long history in this country. It was established in the Parthian Empire in the middle of 3rd century AD. Gradually, Christian people have constructed almost 600 churches in different cities of Iran according to the climate conditions, they’re inspired by Persian architecture as well.
In this special tour, you will visit 10 significant churches in Tehran, Tabriz, Urmia, Sanandaj, Hamedan and Isfahan. Among the 600 churches, 90 ones are National heritage sites and three churches are inscribed on world heritage list which all are located in Northwest of Iran. One of them which is surrounded by a spectacular nature is Saint Stepanos Monastery, near Jolfa city. It was built in the 9th century and is located in a canyon and surrounded by mountains and is near to Aras River.
Another significant church is Vank Cathedral that’s located in Jolfa district of Isfahan. In this area, many Armenian people who are Christian are living. So many Armenian deportees during the Ottoman War were resettled in Esfahan by Iran king (Shah Abbas) and this church has built for these people in 1606. The cathedral is really striking specially the interior walls which are covered with fine frescos.
In this tour, you will also enjoy visiting many other wonderful historical sites which are mentioned in the itinerary including Tehran splendid palaces and museums and heavenly mosques and Persian gardens in Isfahan and Kashan.
Duriation: Days 13 / Nights 12
City: Tehran – Tabriz – Urmia – Sanandaj – Hamadan – Isfahan – Kashan
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