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Isfahan Bethlehem Church

painting depicting Khaje Petros an Armenian Merchant who built Bethlaham Church

Isfahan Bethlehem Church : Bethlehem Church is situated at the heart of Julfa area in city of Isfahan. It was built by Armenian Merchant named Khaje Petros, during Safavid dynasty under ruler king Abbas I. Khaje Petros, who also was buried at the same churchyard, was congregated prayers at the church. He helped Armenian migrants in many ways during difficult times by creating jobs so they can integrated with Persian ways of life. The paintings on the walls as well as ceramic tiles inside the church demonstrate the artistry belonging to 16th and 17th centuries at its best . The paintings such as last supper, Christ and his disciples on the Sea of Galilee and the expulsion from Eden, depicting the life and sacrifices of Jesus. The ceramic paintings however demonstrate various patterns of floral and decorative motifs in exquisite colours. It is from these paintings, that designs of fine handmade Persian rugs have been adhered. Fabulous spandrels, foliages and tree of life patterns which have been woven in many carpets in Persia, were all copied from these kinds of designs. One of the interesting ceramic paintings found inside the church is the inscription in Armenian, dated back to 1627 and 1711. Truly a beautiful place where a cross-reference between East and West culture can easily be felt. It was a pleasure to revisit this marvellous historical place and share with you a few close up photos.

Painting depicting Jesus and his disciples on the Sea of Galilee
Painting depicting Jesus and his disciples on the Sea of Galilee.
Inscriptions in Armenian date back to 1627 and 1711 and installed in remembrance of those who performed charitable work for church
Inscriptions in Armenian date back to 1627 and 1711. It was installed in remembrance of those who performed charitable works for church.
Painting depicting the born of Juses
The scene showing the birth of Jesus in this fantastic painting.
Painting depicting the life of Jesus
Church of Bethlehem in Isfahan showing painting depicting the life of Jesus including other angels.

 

 

This Ceramic tile painting made around the early 16th century shows the tree of life design, which can be seen in many antique rugs belonging to the early 20th century
This Ceramic painting was made early 16th century. It shows the vase design featured in many antique rugs over the past few centuries.
Tree of life Silk Kashan rug
Identical Vase design seen in this antique silk Persian Kashan rug.
Ceramic tiles in Bethlehem Church showing paintings of trees and floral motifs which made early 1600 century.
This ceramic painting shows, trees and floral motifs.
Patterns of tree and motif design in this antique Isfahan rug initiated from the ceramic paintings belonging to 16th and 17th century.
The Patterns of tree and floral motifs similar to left hand picture shown in this antique Isfahan rug.
The full painting depicting the tree of life design
Another example of  tree of life design painting made on ceramic and currently available in Bethlehem Church.
Example of tree of lif design in this handmade persian silk Kashan rug
Example of tree of life design can also be seen in this silk Kashan rug.
Ceramic tiles showing the vase painting belonging to almost 5 century ago.
Ceramic showing the vase painting belonging to Safavid dynasty. .
This beautiful early 20th century antique Isfahan rug has got its vase design from ceramic tile painting belonging to Safavid dynasty.
This beautiful early 20th century antique Isfahan rug has its vase design initiated from ceramic tile painting belonging to Safavid dynasty.
Ceramic painting showing off this splendid spandrels design which can be seen in many Persian rugs
Splendid spandrels design which has been featured in many Persian rugs and was inspired by paintings in church of Bethlehem in Isfahan.
The all over design of this Persian silk Kashan is based on ceramic paintings seen in Bethlehem church in Isfahan
The Persian silk Kashan which its design is based on all over open field of spandrels.
Ceramic painting showing off floral motifs and bands of foliage
Ceramic painting showing off floral motifs and bands of foliage.
Persian green handmade silk and wool rug
This Persian Isfahan handmade silk and wool rug, demonstrates the central floral motif similar to ceramic painting.

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