1 Corinthians 6:19 | 📸 1910
Mother Mary Church is an ancient #Ashuri #Church, part of the Church of the East, located in #Urmia #Iran. It is considered the second oldest church in Christendom after the church of the #Nativity in #Bethlehem in the West Bank.
According to some historical texts, three #Zoroastrian priests (the Three Wise Men) predicted the birth of #Jesus #Christ after observing a shining #star. They considered it as a sign of the awaited Messiah's birth and traveled to #Jerusalem to meet the infant Jesus. In return to Urmia, they converted their fire temple to the church. A #Chinese princess, who contributed to its reconstruction in 642 AD, had her name engraved on a stone on the church wall. The #Italian explorer Marco Polo also described the church in his visit.