This church is located in kelisa ALLEY Nazare sharghi street. It was originally built as a prayer hall (Amenapergich) in 1606 and then renovated and extended to its current appearance with its high double-layer dome. It received the name of vank church in 1655.
Underneath the 38-meter high dome is the prayer hall that holds a unique collection of beautiful frescos depicting stories from the old and new testaments. The influence of Italian and Dutch painting is quite obvious. In addition, to these wall paintings, there are also floral ornamentations and exquisite tile work with gild decorations. courtyard, namely a library (with more than 10000 books), a monument to the Armenian martyrs killed in the 1915 genocide by the Ottoman Turks, and a museum.
The museum houses some of the earliest books ever printed in Esfahan, royal decrees of Safavid and Qajar monarchs, and other interesting valuable items. The Armenian ecclesiastic Centre for Isfahan and southern Iran is located in the eastern part of the church belonging to archbishops, priests, Russian and British consuls, politicians, and doctors.
Hakup and saint Mary churches;
The Hakup church, dating back to 1604 was the first church built in Jolfa. It is located in jolfa Square inside the courtyard of Saint Mary’s church. the church of Saint Mary (also known as Khajeh Abed)
Is one of the most beautiful churches in the city. It was built in 1613 at khajeh odvik’s expense and he himself is buried in the church which is decorated with mural paintings and haft-rang tiles.
Is located on the Nazare sharghi street. It was built in 1628 at the expense of khajeh petros, an Armenian merchant. the prayer hall is fully decorated, depicting stories from the old and new testaments. there is a high double-layer dome with floral designs.
Geverg church is located in Hakim Nezami Street. The immigrant Armenians had brought sacred memorial stones from their own holy church ruined by the ottomans and placed them in this vey church. It was built in 1611 and the interior decoration is of the plain plasterwork type.