Jolfa Sonat Stepanos Church

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St. Stephen's Church is located in the middle of the Iranian borderlands and among the green nature of the border region of Jolfa and the Republic of Azerbaijan, and is considered to be the second most important Armenian church in Iran, which is considered important after the Church.


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The Church of Jolfa Sonat Stepanos has three distinct buildings, as well as various sub-sections. Three main parts are: main prayer home, Daniel's ojagh, Naghoos tower.
Prayer room: The Prayer room is built on a 16 to 21 meter floor area. In the entrance of the carving with its beautifully decorated interior in the middle of the western side and the exquisite works of the early period of the Qajar period, and probably the time of Abbas Mirza al-Saltanah, son of Fath Ali Shah. The carvings of the bases and vaults and the semi-pillars and chains of the fronts and trimmings and decorations of the arched vault are so exquisite that they are undoubtedly the masterpieces of art carving.
Naghoos Tower: Located on a two-floors connected to the southern wall of the Church of Jolfa Stepanos and has a pentagonal octagonal dome mounted on eight columns of red stone with beautiful chaplets. This tower was restored during the reign of Abbas Mirza.
The forehead of the arches between these columns, which is the foot of the tower of the dome of the tower, is embossed with the striking arches of the angel, cross, bergamot, star and eight flowers, and on the level of the tower of the tower there is a burial place of the Elders of the religion of Christ, and on the wall of the northern side of the tower A part of the southern wall of the Church of Jolfa Stepanos is also seen, images are viewed on the pilgrimage of Maryam and Jesus Christ. In the courtyard of this tower, there are a number of graves that are said to belong to prominent and great Christian people. It is also believed that the Italian bell tower was restored but not returned.

  • Background information

    The Church of Stepanos was built in the 9th century, but suffered serious damage caused by the earthquake that was restored during the Safaviye period. This work was registered on Esfand 15, 1341 with the number 429 as one of the national works of Iran.
    The stepanas tradition derived from the name of Stepan (or Stephen in the Armenian language) is the first martyr of Christianity, and in many countries there are several churches of the same name. Also due to the abandonment of the site, Kharaba is also known for the church.
  • Specific information

    Daniel's ojagh: A hall connected to the north wall of the church, 6 meters wide and nearly 20 meters long, divided into three equal parts:
    Danial ojagh, which is separated from the hall by the wall, and is known as Danial of the 5th century AD saints.
    2. Hall of meetings in the middle.
    3. The place of baptism is located at the eastern end of the hall, in which there is a large platform with a stone baptismal table in the middle of it.
    The forehead of the arches between these columns, which is the foot of the tower of the tower, is considered to be embossed with angelic, cross, bergamot, star and eight flowers, and on the level of the porch of the tower, there are burials of the great rulers of the religion of Christ, and in the wall of the northern side The tower, which is part of the southern wall of the church, is also depicted on the pilgrimage of the Holy Maryam and Jesus Christ. In the courtyard of this tower, there are a number of graves that are said to belong to prominent and great Christian people. It is also believed that the Italian bell tower was restored but not returned.
  • More Info

    In 2005, experts at the Cultural Heritage Organization during the restoration of the building discovered the remains of the bones of the apostles and saints of Christ who, according to historical narratives, were kept at the Church of Jolfa stepanas .
    They identified the remains of the bones among the two arches of the church. In addition to bone remnants, several bundles of boxes containing these bones, several pieces of yellow bricks, wax pieces, Akhra clay and condor grits have also been identified.

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