The Armenians of Isfahan, as well as Armenian merchants and immigrants from Russia, built Stephanos church, the oldest church in Hamedan, in 1676 AD at the time of Shah Suleiman of Persia. The background story is that during World War I, thousands of Armenians from Western Armenia took refuge in western Iranian cities such as Kermanshah and Hamedan. After settling down, they decided to make the place more like home; so the first essential place that they needed was a church, a place to keep their religion.
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