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Saint Stepanos Monastery

26 km from Jolfa | About 15 km Northwest of Jolfa City, deep canyon along Arax river, Iran
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Off the beaten path BUT well worth a visit!

This 9th century monastery is in a remote area near Jolfa and is off the beaten path. It is set... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
bobca1947
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Beautiful monastery in impressive landscape

Absolutely worthwhile 45-min drive out from Jolfa to see this old monastery in a beautiful... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2017
Markus U
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Mödling, Austria
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26 km from Jolfa | About 15 km Northwest of Jolfa City, deep canyon along Arax river, Iran
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This 9th century monastery is in a remote area near Jolfa and is off the beaten path. It is set against the dramatic backdrop of the surrounding hills. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a testament to the long history of Christianity in...More

Thank bobca1947
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Absolutely worthwhile 45-min drive out from Jolfa to see this old monastery in a beautiful scenery. Due to ongoing construction works the church itself is more impressive from outside than from inside. Small monastery is within the complex and open for tourism. Nice shady terrace...More

Thank Markus U
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

If you want to travel to Turkey, Armenia or Azerbaijan through Iran, you'd better pay a visit to this exquisite and holy church amid mountains.

Thank Ehsan D
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

A wonderfully renovated Armenian monastery and a World Heritage Site well worth visiting for its atmospheric location and exceptional history.

Thank FrenchTraveler001
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

Saint Stepanos was one the apostles and the first martyr for Christianity. The building's antiquity goes to 900 years ago. It is surrounded by mountains and its road is near beautiful Aras river.

Thank Mahsa J
Reviewed 7 March 2017

very historical place in behind mountains with cold weather u can find small river of natural water and some trees u can sit under trees and relax u can fin there 1 restaurant and one supermarket and public restroom and there i think there close...More

1  Thank triptavel
Reviewed 24 September 2016

The now abandoned monastery is surrounded by a huge stone wall.The cruciform stone church is under restoration and the inside is closed to visit at this time. Free entrance .

1  Thank wimAntwerp
Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

The Monastery of Saint is an ancient Armenian monastery in the mountainous area of West Azerbaijan Province, Iran. Also known as the Black Church.located about 20 kilometers from the town of Chaldiran.The monastery and its typical Armenian conical roofs are visible from long distances I...More

1  Thank niyayesh_1379
Reviewed 12 July 2016

Saint Stepanos church is located in 15 Km north of Jolfa city.It was built in 17 century .you could buy ticket and visit inside of church .

2  Thank poorandokht
Reviewed 8 July 2016

it is a very nice church or Monastary. Very old and the path we went was full of trees and the spring on top of the hill was amazing.

1  Thank mitrasassanpour
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