While one ancient Armenian church is restored in Iran, others in former parts of Armenia will have to survive under their new mostly Muslim country of Azerbaijan, which borders Iran to the north, as a result of a recent ceasefire agreement.
The fifth-century St. John Church has undergone some rehabilitation works in the village of Sohrol, Iran, near Shabestar city in East Azarbaijan province, Tehran Times reported.
Also known as Sohraqeh Church, St. John Church, which is of the Armenian Catholic Rite, was rebuilt on the older church foundation in 1840 by Samson Makintsev, a Russian general in the service of Iran during the Qajar era.
The restoration involves the reinforcement of the main structure, filling small cracks, and erecting retaining walls for stabilizing soil from a potential landslide, according to Tehran Times.
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