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Jolfa district - Isfahan

New Julfa is a quarter of Isfahan, Iran, located on the outskirts of the city. In the beginning of the 17th century (during the Safavid period), over 150 000 Armenians were moved there to keep them from assaults of Ottomans from Julfa in Nakhichevan. New Julfa is still an Armenian populated area with an Armenian school. Vank Cathedral, the Church of Bethlehem at Nazar Avenue, Saint Mary church at Julfa Square and the Yerevan church in the Yerevan area are all placed there.Jolfa has a pleasant climate and located in the best part of Isfahan,
Now i have to tell you something about another Genocide: the year 1918and the west part of Azerbaijan ( My homeland) a big group of Dashnaks . they attacked to some of the cities of Azerbaijan ( Salmas - Khoy - urmia) and and they did same as ottomans with us, when i was in their museum i keep silent but when i looked at their memorial for 1915 Genocide, all the time i kept in my mind why they forget their own act

Iranian churches,
symbols of religious freedom

Freedom of conscience and religion has a deep historical root in Iran and is in fact intertwined with the Iranian culture.
Religious minorities lived freely and no restriction were imposed on them on the part of the religious majority before and after Islam became the dominant religion in this land.
Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the religious minorities have enjoyed more religious freedom.
According to historians, divine religions have always been paid their due respect in this land. Christians too have been living freely in Iran since the pre-Islamic era. History of Iranian Christians bears testimony to this fact. There are some famous, ancient churches in Iran such as the Church of Holy Mary in Urmeah, Church of Vank in Isfahan and the Church of Holy Tadeus in Maku. Being the oldest church in Iran, the Church of Holy Mary is also considered as one of the oldest churches in the world.
It is said that Church of Holy Mary is the second most famous churc in the world after the Church of Bethlehem in the birthplace of Jesus, i.e. Palestine.
Among other famous Churches in Iran is the Church of Vank in Jolfa, Isfahan. The church reflects some of the most attractive features of Iranian architecture. The drawings at the church are demonstrative of the taste of skillful Iranian artists. One can observe the passgage of time on the walls of the church of Vank. The well-known church museum with its magnificent builing stands as a token of briliant Iranian architecture in the Safavid era.
Dating back to a period between the 6th and 9th century A.D., the Church of Holy Tadeus is situated in Western Azarbaijan province.
The church is reportedly built by Tadeus, an apostle of Jesus. A large number of Christian go on a pilgrimage to the church every year. We have prepared a brief report about famous churches in provinces of Western Azarbaijan and Isfahan.
We start with Urmeah, the capital of Western Azarbaijan province, in northwestern Iran adjacent to the Urmeah Lake which is not so far from the Turkish border. Urmeah has, throughout history, served as the cradle of Iranian Islamic civilization and the land of diverse archaelogical and historic landmark.

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