Saint Stepanos Monastery

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Coordinates: 38°58′45.75″N 45°28′23.71″E / 38.9793750°N 45.4732528°E / 38.9793750; 45.4732528

UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Armenian Monastic Ensemble in Iran
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
St. Stepanos Monastery
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iii, vi
Reference 1262
UNESCO region Asia-Pacific
Inscription history
Inscription 2008 (32nd Session)

The St. Stepanos Monastery (Armenian: Սուրբ Ստեփանոս վանք; Maghardavank Մաղարդավանք) is an Armenian monastery about 15 km northwest of Jolfa city, East Azarbaijan Province northwest Iran. It is situated in a deep canyon along the Arax river on the Iranian side of the border between Azerbaijan and Iran. It was built in the 9th century and rebuilt in the Safavid era after several earthquakes damaged it.

A close view of the structure


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