Saint Thaddeus Monastery
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.
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 closeup view of the compound
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Details of craftsmanship
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Another detail view
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View of masonry
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- UNESCO World Heritage: Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran
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