St. Mary Church

The St. Mary church which is located in West Nazar Street, Jolfa neighborhood of Isfahan, dates back to Safavid era. This building is registered in the list of national monument of Iran on March 8, 2003, with the registration number of 7647.

Isfahan (IMNA) - At first, Armenian people live in Jolfa neighborhood built a small church named Hakoup. This church is now the oldest church of Isfahan which does't have any kind of decorations. In this church, there was not enough space for the increasing number of Armenians payers. So, Khaje Avdic, a wealthy silk merchant, visited the church and decided to expand it. He rebuilt the Hakoup church by his own personal funds and named it as St. Mary church. The church was decorated with lights, silver and gold chandeliers, and valuable paintings. To honor Khaje Avdic, Armenians buried him in this church.

There are small arch domes in this church, the main dome which is situated at the center of the building has four skylights, and it leans against the arches that are placed on the wide columns attached to the northern and southern walls.

These columns divide the interior space of the church into three interconnected sections. The church altar is located in the eastern side of the building, and two rectangular chambers surround it on both sides. Adobe Brick is the main material used to construct this building. The interior walls are covered with plaster, and drawings with the themes of the Bible were depicted on them.

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