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“Architecture Has Got a Lot to Say”
Review of Vank Cathedral

Vank Cathedral
Reviewed 3 April 2014

This is one major reason why all you see in Iran is mainly Iranian architecture. The similarity of this church to the mosques, the shape of the dome, the decoration, etc all tell you that some artists and architects have built them according to the trends and interests prevailing in Iran during centuries.

The cross on top of the dome is one major sign it's a church, not a mosque. Of course, there are Armenian inscriptions on the facade too.

The mural painting inside are a change for those who have seen lots of mosques during their visits in Iran.

The museum highlights the sufferings Armenians have gone through in 20th century. The items are indicating Armenian life among other topics. I recommend to visit it as well.

Thank Rahman M
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Reviewed 9 March 2014 via mobile

Beautiful architecture , a mix design of mosque and church. The paintings of walls are stunning and it takes hours to watch them in details, but unfortunately in April it was verry crowded and we couldn't stay more than 1 houre there.

5  Thank Atefehdanesh
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

After a week of seeing only mosques, it was a nice change to see this cathedral and its interesting fusion of design (part cathedral looking, part mosque looking). The frescoes inside are spectacular and the museum was also quite interesting - we probably lingered longer because it was a freezing day and it was lovely and warm inside!

1  Thank missyb_11
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Reviewed 9 December 2013

1) Armenian part of the city is worth to see, like a completely different Iran.
2) The church is so beautiful, with gorgeous paintings throughout.
3) Museum with lots of information about Armenian genocide, I had not learned about before.
All in all - a great experience of christian culture within muslim country.

2  Thank ievuks
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

This is a well preserved and colorfull traditional Armenian church. I was quite surprised to see the dramatic scenes. The level of information about the church and the artwork could be much better! The closed compound is well kept and a nice quiet place to rest on you way through the buizzy streets of Esfahan.

1  Thank lund_martin
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