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7/31/04

Gregory Church Ready to Host Iranian Christians' Rituals

Source: Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency

As the renovation of the Gregory Estepanous Church Complex in Hamedan comes to an end, Iranian Christians can carry out their religious rituals in this historical site, announced Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization (CHO).

The complex covers an area of over 3,000 sq m and consists of two cathedrals; a 75-year-old Orthodox church and another Protestant one dating back 160 years ago. All the buildings and their related facilities are located near the historical city of Ecbatana; they were thus renovated in line with a thorough preservation plan for the Medes' capital city.

"The property was previously owned by the Council for Iranian Christians, but CHO bought it in 1999 and registered it in the National Heritage List," said Habibollah Rashidbeigi, director of Ecbatana's cultural base. "Right now 90 percent of preservation is finished in the Protestant church, while the Orthodox one is 80 percent ready."

According to historical documents, some 300 Christians migrated to Hamedan, west of Iran, during the Safavid dynasty (1501-1722) and it is believed they had designed the plans to build this complex.

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