Vank Cathedral | The magnificence of art and architecture in Isfahan
Vank Cathedral is one of the largest historical and religious attractions of Isfahan. It is located in the center of Isfahan like a shining gem, in Jolfa neighborhood (today known as New Jolfa), and south of Zayandeh Rood (Zayandeh River). The history and spectacular paintings of this cathedral differentiate this historical monument from other churches of Iran. Vank Cathedral was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The history of Vank Cathedral
The construction of this historical monument dates back to 1606. Thousands of Armenians fled to Isfahan, the capital city of Safavid dynasty, during the Ottoman war with the help of Shah Abbas I. After settling in Isfahan, these Armenian immigrants started to build churches and monasteries, and the construction of this place started in the time of Shah Abbas II. In Armenian language Vank means monastery.
The unique architectural features
There is a marvelous combination of Iranian and Armenian architecture in its structure. Considered as the largest and the most famous church in Iran, it is also known as Amina Perkich in the world and one of the 13 churches of Jolfa neighborhood, from the 17th century.
One of the most important features of Vank Cathedral is the artistic works in it that catch the attention of every visitor. In every corner of this Cathedral, many works of great artists are seen. Magnificent and elegant architecture, beautiful statues, colorful designs and historical paintings have all added to its value.
Its exterior façade is made of brick and clay and there are tiles with the picture of winged angels in the texture of its bricks. The interior walls are covered with plaster and oil paintings, along with magnificent tile works with gild adornment. One of the most architectural features of Vank Cathedral is its splendid and exceptional paintings with a touch of Italian paintings. The entrance ceiling is decorated by floral motifs and the top of the walls are covered by frescoes from the life of Jesus. The dome of this Cathedral is like that in Persian mosques.
There is also a museum, a library and a printing house in this place. This printing house was the first one in Iran and Middle East.
* Written by Arefeh Firouzan.
|Official Website: N/A||Entrance fee: 500.000 IRR|
|Wikipedia: Click here||Name(s) in Persian:کلیسای وانک|
|UNESCO Website: Click here||Public transportation availability: Yes|
|Province: Isfahan|| Accommodation availability: Yes|
|Working days: All days||Restaurant & Cafe availability: Yes|
|Opening hours: 8:30 AM-7:30 PM||Best time to visit: All Seasons|