Saint Thaddeus Monastery
West Azerbaijan, Iran (Islamic Republic of)


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The Saint Thaddeus Monastery - Sourb Tadeos Vank; Azerbaijani and Persian: Ghareh Keliseh, literally "The Black Church" or it also means large, great 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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