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The forced migration of Armenians from Armenia, specilay from the city of Jolfa in the Nakhichevan province to Iran, Esfahan was implemented during the reign of the Safavid ruler Shah Abbas I in 1604-16-5. After the Armenians settled at the southern bank of Zayandeh Roud River, they named the area New Jolfa (Nor Jugha).
Numerous religious, scientific & cultural buildings had been constructed by them. The most important building is St. Amenapergich Cathedral, which means "All Saviour's"; locally known as The Vank Cathedral. It has been regarded as the center of religious, cultural & social affairs for Armenians in Esfahan, and also has many non-Armenian visitors.

The very outstanding thing about Armenian cathedrals in Esfahan is that they have Islamic architectural characteristics: ochre brick material, dome & Islamic arcs.
(Mostly quoted from the Cathedral's brochour)

Pay attention at the crucifixes on top of the dome & pyramid form tower.

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