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.