Monastery of Saint Thaddeus, A UNESCO-Inscribed Tourist Spot in Iran; Tasnim News Agency

Iran – Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Monastery of Saint Thaddeus is a tourist destination in the far northwest corner of Iran, adjacent to the borders of Armenia, the Azerbaijan Republic and Turkey.

Alternatively known as Qareh Klise (meaning black church), the property presents important vestiges of Armenian culture in the region.

Together with St. Stepanos Monastery and the Chapel of Dzordzor, Qareh Klise was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2008 under the name “Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran”.

All the three sites are located in West Azarbaijan Province and are of high significance from both historical and cultural perspectives. They bear credible testimony to interchanges with the ancient regional societies in particular the Byzantine, Orthodox and Persian.

UNESCO experts say these edifices are examples of outstanding universal value of the Armenian architectural and decorative traditions.

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