کلیسای وانک

( Vank Cathedral )

The Holy Savior Cathedral (Armenian: Սուրբ Ամենափրկիչ Վանք, Surb Amenaprkich Vank; Persian: کلیسای آمناپرکیچ, Kelisā ye Āmenāperkič), also known the Church of the Saintly Sisters, is a cathedral located in the New Julfa district of Isfahan, Iran. It is commonly referred to as the Vank (Վանք; وانک), which means "monastery" or "convent" in the Armenian language.

The cathedral was established in 1606, built by the hundreds of thousands of Armenians who were forcibly resettled by Shah Abbas I in his new capital as part of his scorched-earth policy in Armenia during the Ottoman War of 1603-1618.[1]

The varying fortunes and independence of this suburb across the Zayande River and its eclectic mix of European missionaries, mercenaries and travelers can be traced almost chronologically in the cathedral's combination of building styles and contrasts in its external and internal architectural treatment.

^ David Blow. "Shah Abbas: The Ruthless King who Became an Iranian Legend" I.B. Tauris. (original from the University of Michigan) ISBN 1845119894 p 200
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