Holy Bethlehem Church of New Julfa or Bedkhem Church, (Armenian: Նոր Ջուղայի Սուրբ Բեթղեհեմ Եկեղեցի, Persian: کلیسای بیت لِحِم مقدس), is an Armenian Apostolic church in the Julfa quarter in Isfahan, Iran. One of the most important historical churches of the city, it belongs to the Abbas I era. The church is located in the Julfa square near Saint Mary Church. The Bedkhem church was built by an Armenian merchant named Khaje Petros. There are decorations and paintings on its walls depicting the life of Jesus. The 72 exquisite paintings, painted by Armenian artists, are presented in two rows. In the lower row the paintings are painted sequentially, but in the upper row each painting is in a separate frame.Make Bedkhem Church a centerpiece of your Isfahan vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Isfahan trip planner.
The architecture and the gilded decorations of the church's dome are notable. Inside the church there are inscriptions in Armenian which date back to 1627 and 1711. The inscriptions are installed in remembrance of those who performed charitable work for the church.
On the southern portal there is an inscription as follows:
Pray for Khaje Petros, who was a good man, in the presence of God. He built this church by his own personal expenditure for the immortality of his name and his father's name (Vali Jan) and his mother's name (Shoushan) and his family's name in 1077 (in the Armenian calendar which is 1627 in the Gregorian calendar).The church has three parts:
The entrance with a balcony, which seems to have been a special place for engaged girls.
The chapel, above which is the dome.
The apseThe church has a rectangular plan. The doors are 31 m long and 14 m high. Its dome is 26 in height. Opposite the church, there is a courtyard with two entrances.
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The church is really beautiful but less noticed next to the bank church. try to visit it and enjoy the patterns. more »
Holy Bethlehem Church is from the Safavid period and is located in Isfahan, Jolfa neighborhood. It is one of the few churches open to the public., close to Jolfa Square and the famous Vank... more »
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