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04 July 2008

Ancient foundation: the monastery of St Thaddeus in mountainous north-western Iran is said to have been founded by a hermit in the fifth century, in the place where he found the bones of the Apostle. The small church, built of dark stone, is 14th-century, and was restored in 1490; the church of lighter stone was added by the Persian Crown Prince Abbas Mirca in the early 19th century. From the book reviewed here

Ancient foundation: the monastery of St Thaddeus in mountainous north-western Iran is said to have been founded by a hermit in the fifth century, in t...

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