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Zorzor Church Saved from Destruction


News Category: Islamic Period

 10 January 2000



TEHRAN-- Cultural Heritage Organization (CHO) and the Armenian Caliphate in Iran, the historical Zorzor church, located in West Azarbaijan Province, was transferred to another location and thus saved from complete destruction.

The church, built on a rocky elevation near Zangomar River atop a rocky elevation some 600 years back, was exposed to drowning By the Baroon Dam reservoir in 1985 when the Ministry of Energy started to construct the dam. 

According to CHO, during three stages of rescue operations the church was dismantled from its present location and re-assembled and restored near Baroon village.

CHO experts in West Azerbaijan Province say that by applying a coding system, numbering the slabs and also drawing blueprints, they have succeeded in properly re-assembling the monument intact.

Also, archaeological studies shows that Zorzor church had been built in the fourteenth century over the ruins of a former Armenian church belonging to seventh century A.D.

Although the stones and the mortar used in these two churches differs, Zorzor church closely resembles the older cross-like church.

Gharis, Karabakh and Golparchin churches in West Azarbaijan have been repaired and renovated during the past few years as well.



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