Jolfa is a small town located to the north of Tabriz, in the East Azarbaijan Province of Iran, and is home to approximately 56000 people living on 35 kilometres of urban and rural areas. It is separated by the Araks River from its northern neighbour and namesake, the town of Julfa in the Republic of Azerbaijan (Nachjovan).
Jolfa is a border town between Iran-Azarbaijan (Nachjovan). The town of Jolfa on the Araxes River in Azarbaijan at one time was the major Armenian settlement until Shah Abbas I (Safavid period) imported Armenian families to new Jolfa in Isfahan.
There is not much to see in Jolfa except Darre Sham Church (St. Stephen's Church) which is located16 km (approximately 9.5 miles) west of Jolfa (Tour to Tabriz and Jolfa). Darre Sham Church (Church of St. Stephen) is built in the hills and its oldest parts dates back to 14th century (present building dates back to 16th century). This remarkable well preserved monastery is known for its exterior reliefs with angels and crosses. The carved stones on the outer walls are very fine. This tourism site is also ready for Tabriz 2018 event.
The monastery is located in remote area and is close to Azarbaijan border so it is a good idea to visit by a tour or check with Iranian officials if you plan to visit the church independently. Enjoy the scenery. There are several Iran tours and Tabriz tours included Jolfa during the every week which makes Jolfa as a complementry tourism site beside Tabriz and Kandovan.
Saint Stepanos Monastery (a medieval Armenian fortified monastery
The St. Stepanos Monastery or Monastery of St. Stephen the Protomartyr is an Armenian monastery about 15 km northwest of Jolfacity, East Azarbaijan Province northwest Iran. It is situated in a deep canyon along the Arax river on the Iranian side of the border between Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and Iran. It was built in the 9th century and rebuilt in the Safavid era after several earthquakes damaged it.
Khajenazar Carvansary (one of the 999 Safavid Carvanansaries)
"5 km from Jolfa there is a ruined inn which was built in the period of Shah Abbas via Khaje nazar's fundings. He was one of the Armenians that migrated to Esfahan by force and then had become a successful businessman. He had impressed Shah Abbass, thus he had gained the kings favour to come to his birth place and build an inn there so the travellers and visitors could rest the night by the river and then head towards Sojia or today's Shoja."
The Aras (also known as Arax, is a river located in and along the countries of Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Iran. Its total length is 1,072 kilometres (666 mi). Given its length and a basin that covers an area of 102,000 km², it is one of the largest rivers of the Caucasus.
The Aras River rises near Erzurum, Turkey. It meets with the Akhurian River southeast of Digor, flows along the Turkish-Armenian border, and then near a corridor that connects Turkey to Azerbaijan's Nakhchivan exclave. It then flows along the Iranian-Azerbaijan and the Iranian-Armenian border. The river then flows along the border between Iran and the main territory of the Azerbaijan to meet with the Kura River at the village of Sabirabad. It then directly flows into the Caspian Sea. About 101,937 km² of the Araz River basin is located in Azerbaijan.
Asiab Kharabeh (Ruined Mill) waterfall
Asiab-kharabeh (Kharaba Dierman) is one of t beautiful regions in east Azarbaijan .The name refer due to ruined remain parts of water mill. A stream found in this region which its water supply from Kiame Mountain and around stream, fig trees were planted Water after change to a beautiful waterfall finally mix with a narrow river and continues its path toward a vail in north side. In tours to Tabriz and Jolfa, this ruined mill and its waterfall is included in the tour. The distance between St Stepanos church and the waterfall is about one hour. For Tabriz 2018 these two sites are most important places for Jolfa.
One of the oldest and most beautiful villages on the north bank of the Arax is Oshtabin village. It is located 90 km. east of Jolfa. In this village houses have balconies in such a form that the roof of one house is the yard of the another house.
Beautiful small houses built on the slope of a hill give this village a unique sight to behold. The spectacular nature adds to the beauty and glory.
You can also notice the Safavid marbles inscriptions and charming natural white orchards surrounding it. Due to this unique, it is called healthy village and one of the national heritage.
Kordasht Bathroom is one of the 8 beautiful complexes of Kordasht complex. The complex built by Abbas Mirza the prince in the second war of Iran and Russia (1822 AD.), and there are beautiful decorations and engravings in it.
Kiamaki wildlife resort and Arasbaran protected area have a variety of wild life and vegetation special for this region including deer, reindeer, ram, buck, goat, leopard, brown bear, and also different kind of birds, like golden eagle, ducks, turkey, etc. The vegetation includes willow trees, wild berries, walnut trees, and also herbal plants.