Saint Thaddeus Monastery

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Saint Thaddeus monastery, viewed from the northeast

The Saint Thaddeus Monastery (Armenian: Սուրբ Թադէոսի վանք - Sourb Tadeos Vank; Azerbaijani and Template:Lang-fa -In persian Sertivier keliseh, meaning "the heart of iran church"), also known as Kara Kilise, is an ancient Armenian monastery located in the mountainous area of Iran's West Azarbaijan Province, about 20 km from the town of Maku.[1][2]

The monastery is visible from a distance, strongly characterized by the polygonal drums and conical roofs of its two domes. There are several chapels nearby: three on the hills east of the stream, one approximately 3km south of the monastery on the road to Bastam, and another that serves as the church for the village of Ghara-Kilise.


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A panorama of the site of Saint Thaddeus Monastery


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See also

External links

  • Index of Armenian Art: Armenian Architecture
  • Jude: A Pilgrimage to the Saint of Last Resort By Liz Trotta