Chapel of Dzordzor

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Chapel of Dzordzor
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Chapel of Dzordzor on the Zangmar River Reservoir
Chapel of Dzordzor is located in Iran
Chapel of Dzordzor
Shown within Iran
Basic information
Location Maku County, West Azarbaijan Province, Iran
Geographic coordinates 39°11′16″N 44°28′34″E / 39.18778°N 44.47611°E / 39.18778; 44.47611Coordinates: 39°11′16″N 44°28′34″E / 39.18778°N 44.47611°E / 39.18778; 44.47611
Affiliation Armenian Apostolic Church
Architectural description
Architectural type Chapel
Groundbreaking 9th century
Completed 10th century
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iii, vi
Designated 2008 (32nd session)
Reference no. 1262
Region Asia-Pacific

The Chapel of Dzordzor (Armenian: Ծոր Ծորի Սուրբ Աստվածածնի մատուռ, Azerbaijani: Zurzur kilsəsi,[1] Persian: کلیسای زور زور‎), is part of an Armenian monastery located in Maku County, West Azerbaijan Province, Iran, on Zangmar River near the village of Baron. The monastery had its heyday in the fourteenth century before being abandoned and destroyed in the early seventeenth century, when Shah Abbas I decided to displace the local Armenians.

The Chapel of Holy Mother of God is the only part of the monastery that still stands today. The construction of this chapel cross surmounted in the center of a drum dome dates back to the 9th to 14th centuries. In agreement with the Armenian Apostolic Church, the building was relocated 600 meters by the Iranian authorities in 1987-1988, following the decision to build a dam on the Zangmar River, to avoid being inundated in the dam reservoir.

The chapel is on the World Heritage List of UNESCO since July 6, 2008, alongside St. Thaddeus and St. Stepanos monasteries.

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