Between 1978 - 1989, LCO embarked on its first projects in the area.
One of the first sites on which the LCO established renovation projects were the Armenian monasteries and historical monuments located in the Eastern Vaspourakan region of historical Armenia, in the province of Salmas which is present day northwest Iran.
Three major edifices were undertaken for restoration.
- 12th Century Sourp Thaddeus Monastery: Scaffolding was constructed to prevent further destruction by the elements and prevent the collapse of the roof. Water irrigation systems were built for the surrounding land in order for the local residents to inhabit and maintain the area. Restoration of the monastery walls.
- Sourp Stepanos Monastery: Scaffolding to prevent the collapse of the roof.
- 13th Century Dzor Dzor/Sourp Asdvadzdzin Church: With a dam being built in the area, the Church was in jeopardy of being flooded. With the assistance of LCO funding and architectural and historical advisors, the structure was dismantled stone by stone and moved to higher grounds to be restored.
With the onset of activities belonging to the 1700th anniversary of Christianity in Armenia, various programs have been developed. Along these lines, in the summer of 2000, a major pilgrimage was organized by the LCO to return to those sites and remember the roots of the LCO by participating in the pilgrimage and restarting our campaigns in the region. The campaign was such an overwhelming success, that we resumed the campaign in Iran for 2001.The Iranian Ministry of Culture and local Armenian groups continue small renovation projects. In 2008, all three sites, Sourp Thaddeus Monastery, Sourp Stepanos, and Dzor Dzor have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.