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5th-century church in northwestern Iran restored

TEHRAN– The Saint Hovhannes Church in the city of Maragheh, northwestern East Azarbaijan province, has in fact undergone some rehab works, the provincial tourist chief has said.The removal job is total by 80 percent after virtually 2 years, Ahmad Hamzezadeh revealed on Thursday.The job includes reinforcement and conditioning of the walls and rooftop, replacement of the damaged structure products, and fixing the church’s façade, the primary added.Built in the fifth century, Saint Hovhannes Church is Maragheh city’s only church, which was popular throughout the Ilkhanid age (1256– 1353), when Maragheh was among the Iranian thriving cities.The church is an Armenian Catholic church called after among the apostles called Johannes or John, likewise described as Hovhannes in the Armenian language.Sait Hovhannes Church has 3 areas, the Archbishop’s residence, a school, and an altar.The church

‘s domed entrance remains in its west wing, which is a conical-shaped dome with a steel cover holding the bell.The primary space of the church is a rectangle-shaped shape with an altar in its east wing. Lighting is offered by the main entryway and little windows

in the eastern, northern, and western walls. A string of one-story structures has in fact been built in the west wing of the yard which is now derelict. Other spaces, which were used by the bad, are likewise seen around the courtyard. The preliminary structure has really been harmed often throughout history, but the present structure was built in 1840 by French and Russian architects.However, over the last few years, the church

has actually been deserted due to the migration of Armenians to Tehran and other cities.Iran is house to many ancient and historic churches. Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians are the

most considerable spiritual minorities in the nation with Christians comprising the bulk.Soaked in history and culture for millennia, Tabriz, which is the capital of East Azarbaijan, welcomes a variety of historic and religious sites, including Jameh Mosque of Tabriz and Arg of Tabriz, and UNESCO-registered Tabriz Historic Exchange Complex among others. The city became the capital of the Mongol Il-Khan Mahmud Gazan (1295– 1304) and his follower. Timur (Tamerlane), a Turkic conqueror, took it in 1392. Some years in the future the Kara Koyunlu Turkmen made it their capital, it was when the popular Blue Mosque was built in Tabriz.The city maintained its administrative status under the Safavid dynasty till 1548 when Shah Tahmasp I transferred his capital westward to Qazvin. Throughout the next 2 centuries, Tabriz changed hands numerous times in between Persia and Ottoman Empire. Throughout World War I, the city was momentarily occupied by Turkish and after that Soviet troops.ABU/ MG

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