Maku is a city in the frontier region of West Azerbaijan province. It is a mountainous city in which everybody enjoys an important geographical and strategic position that is 1,634 meters above sea-level. It shares borders with Turkey and the Azerbaijan Republic. In fact, Maku is situated across Bazargan border and on the route of passengers traveling to Turkey via land; so many people visit this city daily. The huge rocks surrounding Maku have added beauty to the city’s landscape and remind visitors about the ancient castles. One of the most attractive and huge cathedrals has been built near the city. The Monastery of Saint Thaddeus is an ancient Armenian monastery in the mountainous area of West Azerbaijan Province, Iran. Also, it is known as the Black Church that is located about 20 kilometers from the town of Chaldoran where the capital of the county is Siah Cheshmesh or Qara Aineh. Armenians hold that Qara Kelisa is the world’s first church and was constructed in 68 CE by one of the apostles of Jesus, Saint Thaddeus, who traveled to Armenia to preach the teachings of Christ. Qara Kelisa has been registered as the historical-cultural heritage of Iran at UNESCO.
Other wonderful places of Maku include: the Chapel of Dzordzor , Kolah Farangi Building which is well within town limits and dates back to the Qajar era; Dakhmeh Sangi Farhad, Aras River and Etc.
The Chapel of Dzordzor:
Is part of an Armenian monastery located in Maku County, on Zangmar River near the village of Baron. The Chapel of Holy Mother of God is the only part of the monastery still stands today… read more