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st.stepanos church is located at 10 kilometers west of JOLFA whit the distance of 3 kilometers by the ARAX river near DARRE SHAM region. in which the deserted DARRE SHAM village has been situated on it. the name of the church driven from the name of the first martyr of the christian world. the church situated in a fortified region,too.opinions about the date of construction some believe that the original building constructed in the beginning of the Christianity,but TAVERNIE dated it safavid era.
In July 2008, Saint Stepanos Monastery the was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List, along with two other Armenian monuments located in the same province: St. Thaddeus monastery and the chapel of Dzordzor.

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