Vank Cathedral Museum and Library, Iran

I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend!  Look at me disappearing again for a long time.  Sorry.  After the semester finished a couple of weeks ago, I just needed some offline time.  I was so excited to finish my website for my web design class (Libr 240 for SJSU people) that I forgot to submit the link to it!!  Oh my.

All is now well and I’m recovering.  I’ve been wanting to share these photos I took of the Vank Cathedral Museum and Library in Isfahan, Iran for a long time.  Vank Cathedral is in the Armenian Quarter of the city and has a lovely museum with historical books.

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Gospel, created 1633
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Gospel, written in Istanbul and decorated in Isfahan, 17th century
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Missal, created 1687
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Phylactery, worn on an arm, 17th century (sorry for the blurry picture, but I wanted to show how large the entire thing is)
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Detail of the phylactery with it’s tiny writing.  Each circle was about an inch or so.
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Gospel, written in 1607
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Another gospel from 1607
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Gospel, written in 1671
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Gospel from 1627
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Missal from 1687
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Monolagium written in 1661
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Gospel from 1626
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I think the colors and ornamentation on these are so gorgeous.

I do have many other ideas for blog posts and now that things have slowed down somewhat for me, I hope to start posting more regularly again!

Now reading: The Secret Place by Tana French

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