Saint John Church of Sohrol

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Saint John Church
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Saint John Church in Sohrol
AffiliationArmenian Catholic Church
LocationSohrol, Iran
Saint John Church of Sohrol is located in Iran
Saint John Church of Sohrol
Shown within Iran
Geographic coordinates38°18′00″N 46°11′52″E / 38.30000°N 46.19778°E / 38.30000; 46.19778Coordinates: 38°18′00″N 46°11′52″E / 38.30000°N 46.19778°E / 38.30000; 46.19778
Completed5th or 6th century, rebuilt 1840

The Church of Saint John (Armenian: Սուրբ Յովհաննէս Եկեղեցի) is a 5th or 6th century Armenian Catholic church in Sohrol, Shabestar County, East Azerbaijan Province, Iran. It was rebuilt in 1840 by Samson Makintsev (Sam Khan; member of Bogatyr Battalion) in brick on the older church foundation.[1] It was added to the Iran National Heritage List in 1968, with the registration ID 766.[2]

Interior of the church

A photograph of the church taken by Farzin Izaddoust Dar won first place in the 2020 Wiki Loves Monuments competition.[3] One of the jury members expressed their amazement at the geometric and jewel-like forms of the church surrounded by snow, which consequently made it look as if floating on a "space-time continuum/gravitational field."[4]

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  1. ^ "فصلنامه فرهنگی پیمان". (in Persian).
  2. ^ "5th-century church being restored in northwestern Iran". Tehran Times. 2020-11-30. Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  3. ^ "Wiki Loves Monuments 2020 winners - Wikimedia Commons".
  4. ^ "Travel the world through the lenses of Wiki Loves Monuments 2020 winners". 18 March 2021.