Armenian ChurchCurrently Closed
- Address: 60/116, Armenian Street, Near High Court, Parry's Corner, George Town, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600001, India
- Timings: 09:30 am - 02:30 pm Details
- Phone: +44-25386223
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 00:30 Mins
- Tags: Church, Religious Site, Family And Kids
Armenian Church - Review
Erected in the 17th century, the Armenian Church is an old heritage church, that will mesmerize you with its quaint characteristics. Apart from being one of the few Armenian churches of India, the church also “is one of the oldest churches of the Indian subcontinent”. The six belfries of the church are one of the most highlighted attributes of the church. Other significance of the church lies in the fact that there are graves of 350-odd Armenians that have been laid out throughout the property. This includes the grave of Reverend Haroutiun Shmavonian who was the founder, editor and publisher of the world's first Armenian publication “Azdarar”. The church is a sojourn of the few hundred Armenians that Chennai was once home to.
How To reach Armenian Church by Public Transport
- High Court bus station
- Lone Square Bus Stop
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Things to Know Before Visiting Armenian Church
0.23% of people who visit Chennai include Armenian Church in their plan
12 PM - 1 PM
66.67% of people start their Armenian Church visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Armenian Church
66.67% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Armenian Church
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Armenian Church, Chennai Reviews
The one and only Armenian church in Chennai. More than 300 years old. It's believed that when Armenians came to Chennai for trading they built this church. This is the only one church seen with mother Mary ascending to heaven on the alter background. The architecture of the building is so unique and beautiful. Despite of the busy street outside this place has a calm and quiet atmosphere. They have bells on the Bell tower. Entry to the bell tower is restricted now because of it's age.
Functioning only as a heritage site, the Church is opened for visitors from 9 am till 2:30 pm.It is funded by the Armenian Apostolic Church and maintained by The Armenian Church Committee.The graves of about 350 Armenians have been laid out throughout the Church.The founder, publisher and editor of the world's first Armenian periodical "Azdarar", Reverend Haroutiun Shmavonian, is buried here.The Belfry adjacent to the main Church structure houses six large bells which are rung every Sunday at 9:30 am by the caretaker.The Armenians were a select group of merchants in Madras Presidency. They walked all the way from Armenia, through the Hindukush mountains and came down to Madras. When the British were trading cotton cloth, Armenians dealt with fine silk, expensive spices and gems.Madras must have housed a small but a thriving Armenian population. Today there are none of them left.
Armenians who came to Madras for trade founded the St Mary’s Orthodox Church (Armenian Church )in 1712. This church was destroyed by French occupation between 1746 and 1749 and rebuilt in 1772 as it can be seen now. Apart from the beautiful garden there are more than 350 tombs around the church. Tomb of Rev. Fr. Haruthiun Shmavonian who is the author of first Armenian journal called ‘Azdarar’ can be found in the Church premises.The first Armenian newspaper 'Asadar' was published from Madras. One of the big tree next to tomb of Fr.Haruthiun Shmavonian seems to be a fig / jaboticaba.This Church is surrounded by big trees which is visible only when we are inside the premises of Church. Three storied bell tower with 6 bells in it sounds on Sunday mornings which is audible in Madras high court area and Parry's area. Main entrance of this antique building needs immediate renovation/reinforcement . Picture of Mother Mary's Ascension is installed on altar . Photography is not allowed inside Church.
Well preserved Historical monuments were built 1712 still survived and reflects the marvelous architecture and flourishing Armenian presence. Nice place to look back the history, Care taker will explain about the church, the location is previously shore front now lots of British built structures occupied surrounding ( sbi administration office, Post office and insurance companies). Easy to notify from main road just opposite to Madras high court. We can spend an hour to know the history....Enjoy it.
Built in 1712 and restored in 1772 by the Armenian community for Holy Virgin Mary still maintaining the sanctity surrounded by monuments. A stone for the builder of Marmalong bridge and steps at St.Thomas Mount.A wonderful place with highly responsive guide. Must visit.