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Judas Thaddeus, the least known of the twelve apostles ...

... is according to tradition buried inside the church. And his festival, as I understand it, is... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2018
Florence, Italy
Beautiful and amazing place

This is one of the best Armenian churches in Iran. It is far from everywhere but really worth... read more

Reviewed 16 June 2018
Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 10 September 2018

... is according to tradition buried inside the church. And his festival, as I understand it, is the only one in which the church of this monastery is officiated. In the Eastern Churches the festival is celebrated in July (while in the Catholic Church it...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 16 June 2018

This is one of the best Armenian churches in Iran. It is far from everywhere but really worth visiting!

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

This is one of the most beautiful Armenian churches in Iran. Extremely well renovated, atmospheric and in a wonderful nature environment. Definetely a place not to be missed

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 25 April 2017

If you enjoy spending almost the whole day (about 3.5 hours one way from Tabriz) on the road, in the car to see a small, almost empty and relatively recent church (the present church was built during Qajar dynasty), then go for it. I personally...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed 4 August 2016

High on the roof of the world is St Thaddeus' Monastery (Qara Kelisa– The Black Church). In superb condition and really worth a visit. I visited it on way way to Chaldiran, the huge crater valley where a major battle for faith and power took...More

Date of experience: September 2015
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Reviewed 7 June 2016

This was really a highlight, both the stone church itself and getting to it on a road winding through mountainous countryside passing flocks of sheep and isolated villages. As with many historical buildings in Iran, it's been rebuilt/refurbished by different dynasties so you can see...More

Date of experience: May 2016
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Reviewed 6 June 2016

During my time in Iran I saw so many beautiful buildings but St Thaddeus Monastery is special to me. Our party of eight visited on a spring afternoon with plenty of time to walk around the building, visit inside and walk to a neighboring chapel...More

Date of experience: April 2016
2  Thank Penelopespiers
Reviewed 11 October 2015

Wow, such a beautiful old church. Historically this is the Monastery of St. Thaddeus (AKA Jude, one of Jesus Christ's 12 disciples). Iran's cultural heritage is working on fixing this historic church since its now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its used for three days...More

Date of experience: May 2015
2  Thank GZCS
Reviewed 19 September 2015

Qareh Kelissa means "black church" and the original has black stone. This ancient monastery has links back to Jude the Apostle, and leaves a very deep impression. Armenian Christians visit in July each year for a special service. The site is very isolated, but worth...More

Date of experience: August 2015
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