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    (Wikipedia) - St. Thaddeus Monastery   (Redirected from Saint Thaddeus Monastery) This article is about an Armenian monastery in Iran. For the church in Armenia, see St. Thaddeus Church, Ddmashen. UNESCOWorld Heritage Site The Armenian Monastic Ensemble in Iran Type Criteria Reference UNESCO region Inscription history Inscription
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    Saint Thaddeus monastery, viewed from the northeast
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    The Saint Thaddeus Monastery (Armenian: Սուրբ Թադէոսի վանք Surb Tadeosi vank'' ; Azerbaijani/Persian: قره‌ کلیسا‎ or Ghareh Keliseh, literally "The Black Church") is an ancient Armenian monastery located in the mountainous area of Iran''s West Azerbaijan Province, about 20 kilometers from the town of Maku.

    The monastery is visible from a distance because of the massiveness of the church, strongly characterized by the polygonal drums and conical roofs of its two domes. There are several chapels nearby: three on the hills east of the stream, one approximately 3km south of the monastery on the road to Bastam, and another that serves as the church for the village of Ghara-Kilise.

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