Thaddeus Monastery Qara Kilisa
The Monastery of Saint Thaddeus is an ancient Armenian monastery in the mountainous area of West Azerbajjan Province. Also known as Qara Kilisa (Black Church), it is located about 20 km from the town of Chaldoran. The monastery and its typical Armenian conical roofs are visible from long distances. According to the tradition of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Saint Thaddeus, also known as Saint Jude, (not to be confused with Judas Iscariot), evangelized the region of Armenia and Persia, Little remains of the monastery’s original structure, as it was extensively rebuilt after an earthquake damaged it in 1940. Nevertheless, some of the parts surrounding the altar apse date from the 10th century.