Armenian Church, Singapore

January 27th, 2010 7 Commented

The Armenian Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator is Singapore’s oldest church, located in Hill Street. It was built in 1835 and designed by an Irish architect, George D. Coleman. The church is dedicated to St Gregory the Illuminator, the first Armenian monk. It is now a national monument, gazetted in 1973 by the National Preservation board.

In the early 1830s, the number of Armenian families grew due to the good business prospects in Southeast Asia. Thus, a place of worship was built to serve the Armenian community. Subsequently, a land was acquired from the government in 1833 to construct the church.

The main entrance to the church.

This is the parsonage house that was built around 1905 for the priest to reside. It is currently used as an administrative office by the volunteers who supports the church.

These tombs are found in the Memorial Garden within the church compound. These are tombs belonging to Armenians who died in Singapore. These tombstones were transported here in the late 1960’s from Bukit Timah.

I took a panoramic views of these stones that were assembled to form the Memorial Garden. This is indeed a sanctuary to the small Armenian community with a strong heritage and ties to the socio-economic development of Singapore.

[Click on the image for the panoramic view]

Armenian Church Official Website

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7 responses to “Armenian Church, Singapore”

  1. Lylibellule says:

    A timeless building surrounded by modern structures… (as seen by the second pictures)
    On the other side, next, you find yourself right into the context.
    Tombs your took in panorama are superb! A remarkable work of sculpture. I appreciate it a lot.
    Thanks for this new lesson :)

  2. rockleelotus says:

    wow its look great shape for an old building. like lyli said, very interesting contrast with the surrounding buildings. did you look around inside?

    nice panoramic shot, a few of the sculptures are missing heads :(

  3. chubbybots says:

    The tombstones by themselves are a work of art!!! I enjoy looking at old buildings and their architecture. I nearly wanted to be an architect in my early days ( play too much lego :D)

    Awesome pictures man :D

  4. divinelight says:

    I don’t know the Armenian, but as the oldest church, it’s still great-looking.

  5. Katsura-chan says:

    oh god i’m late. I’m sorry :/
    It’s a beautiful church, i love old buildings and usually i don’t like modern construction. Too cold and … well straight, flawless.
    When there’s not even one imperfection in a house for instance i think it lacks of charm.
    The tombstones are great too, not the kind of stuff you could have in your own yard :D
    Thanks again for introducing the beauties of Singapore to us.

  6. heathorn says:

    the portico and columns are Greece style :D
    reminds me of my university assignment, the ‘capra rotunda’, hahah

    Lovely photos bro! The place looks so peaceful, perfect for a religious building.

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