Rafi Church pray in an eyefull scene
Duration Of Visit
0/5 To 1 Hour
Best Seasons To Visit
Rafi Dead End, Khayyam Street, Qazvin Province, Iran
Time To Read: 5 Minutes
Also known as
- Saint Heripsime Church
- Armenian Church
Geographical location of Rafi Church
It is located in Rafi seminary courtyard, Ayatollah Taleghani Street, Qazvin Province. It also has another door at Rafi Dead End, in Khayyam Street.
History and culture of Rafi Church
It was built in 1908, according to the stony plate set on the entrance of the seminary, the first Pahlavi period. The current structure is the expanded form of the first one, built by the efforts of Haroutioun Mesrobian Priest (sorry in advance for any misspelling) in 1936, and has a temple, auditorium, and a school (an educational and worship place for Armenian). The previous church was small and after the number of Armenian raised in the city, they expanded it. In addition to the public religious rite, each year this church hosts the special ceremony "departure and ascension of the Virgin Mary" which takes place in conjunction with the "feast of the consecration of grapes" in August and the Armenian go to this sacred and historic place on a pilgrimage.
Architecture of Rafi Church
Rafi Church has a brick building and a rectangle-shape floor with four columns joined by arches. Church’s axis is western eastern and in its eastern side, alter is located which is separated from prayer hall by a couple of stairs and has a room on each side. On the other hand, in the western angle there’s a door that leads to the bell tower. The whole space has an octagon plan and a semi-circle entrance.
Tips and ideas
Passing through Khayyam Street, the most crowded street in Qazvin, on your way; don’t miss the unique experience of walking across various shops, boutiques, stores, and so on along with the chance of buying original Persian goods for souvenirs. Since it’s a crowded street and the church is in a dead-end, do not go there by your car; there are some parking garages in the street that you can use. As I said there is another way to the church from Taleghani Street where on its west end you will find Sabzeh Meydan and Chehel Sotun Palace. Cantor Church, known as the bell tower, and Mellat Park are also on the other end of the street.
REMEMBER Qazvin is a small city so you don’t need any vehicle to go around. Also we have provided a map, below, that shows every nearby attraction which can be reached by no more than a ten-minute walk.
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