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Iranian Christians Celebrate New Year at Vank Cathedral in Isfahan (+Photos)

ISFAHAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Christians gathered at Vank or Amenaperkic (meaning the Holy Savior) cathedral in New Julfa district of the Iranian central city of Isfahan to celebrate the new Gregorian calendar year. 

The hub of Iranian Armenian life in the Jolfa of Isfahan has come to life with New Year lights.

Jolfa is in the south of the city and was built during the reign of Shah Abbas I (1571-1629). Most of its residents were Armenians who were turned out of Jolfa on the banks of Aras River in Azerbaijan and moved here. They also named their new home away from home Jolfa. One of the most visited tourist attractions here is the Vank Church, where Iranian Armenians celebrate New Year by praying for “a world full of peace” without wars.


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