Isfahan Monuments of other religions

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Jews and Synagogues
Jews have settled in Isfahan since ancient time. Isfahan’s Pre-Islamic populations were Jews and Zoroastrians. When Isfahan was invaded by moslem forces in 636 A.D. three kinds solution was proposed to Isfahan population.

1- Convert to Isfahan
2- Keeping their own religion and paying yearly Kharaj (a kind of Tax).
3- Leave the city.

 Shah Abbas the great was an international minded ruler. He received several foreign delegations especially European delegations, trade men, and diplomats. He was interested in news regarding other countries development. He wished to construct an advanced and prosperous country. Due to consultations with foreigners he realized that trade, business and technical affairs could create a more developed capital city and country.
 New Julfa Churches
New Julfa (Persian: محله جلفای اصفهان ‎, literally "The Jolfa quarter of Esfahan"; Armenian: Նոր Ջուղա "Nor Juġa") is the Armenian quarter of Isfahan, Iran, located along the south bank of the river Zayandeh River.New Julfa was established in 1606 as an Armenian quarter by edict of Shah Abbas I, the influential shah from the Safavid dynasty. Over 150,000 Armenians were moved there from Julfa (also known as Jugha or Djugha) in Nakhichevan.
The most famouse Church in this area is Vank and there is about 13 other churches in this area.
Fire Temple ( Atashgah )
The dominant per - Islamic religion in Iran was Zoroastrianism. Central towns and even villages show pre - Islamic Fire Temples which were respected by Zoroastrian. One of these Fire Temples was built on the top of a hill which is more than one hundred meters high, quite close to the shaking Minarets.
 The monuments of other Ethnics
According to the ancient history of Isfahan during the history and also settlement of different ethnic groups in Isfahan city, we see the historical sites of other groups and faith communities like Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians are as well as the other religions.
The presence of historical monuments in the city document the city's history and the lives of Muslims and other religions alongside one another.


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