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Representative of ICOMOS to Visit Qara Kelisa

By Soudabeh Sadigh

Tehran, 10 July 2007 (CHN) - Representative of International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) will come to Iran this September to make a visit to Qara Kelisa.

Qara Kelisa otherwise known as St. Thaddeus Church, has been nominated for being inscribed as Iran's 9th world heritage site in list of UNESCO's World Heritage sites in by the World Heritage Committee during their 32nd session which will be held in 2008.

Since the dossier of Qara Kelisa did not include the necessary supportive evidence, it was earlier turned down by UNESCO last year. Anyway, after many efforts the file was completed and succeeded to win UNESCO's approval.

Church of Saint Thaddeus, locally known as Qara Kelisa (The Black Church), was built 1700 years ago in the Iranian northwestern province of West Azarbaijan. This church has a worldwide reputation among the Armenian Christians of the world and every year a large number of Armenians come to this church for performing religious rituals.

Historians believe that the church is the womb of Thaddeus who is said to have been one of Christ's disciples who traveled to Armenia, then part of the Persian Empire, for preaching the teachings of Christ. Experts from Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization are also intending to have other famous churches in the province such as St. Stepanous Cathedral in Khoy and Zoorzoor Church in Chaldoran included as annexes to St. Thaddeus Cathedral after its registration.

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