UNESCO to Register Iran's Qara Kilisa

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Fri, 07 Sep 2007 

UNESCO experts have proclaimed the world's most ancient church, Iran's Qara Kilisa, suitable to be registered as a World Heritage site.

Qara Kilisa which literally means 'Black Church' in the local Azeri language, is located between the towns of Chaldaran and Qara Ziyaeddin in West Azerbaijan.

The history of the church can be traced back to the advent of Christianity in the first century, when religious missionaries were dispatched to the countries across the globe to disseminate the teachings of Jesus Christ.

The church's present structure was built some time between the fourth and sixth centuries AD to enshrine the martyred Saint Thaddeus burial place.

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