Armenian history and architectural beauty in India can be best visited in the tranquil precincts of this very famous Armenian Church. One of the oldest places of worship for the followers of Christianity and a beautiful and handsome structure-- Armenian Church is an important heritage site located in the thriving city of Chennai. This lesser visited sightseeing location on the itinerary of domestic as well as international travelers, was founded way back in the year 1712 and thereafter went through a series of renovation and reconstruction in the year 1772.Its sprawling complex and the 350 graves surrounding the church are sole reminders of Armenian presence in Chennai –which was known as Madras in those times.
As per legends, a tiny group of Armenian merchants had travelled all the way via the daunting Hindukush mountains to reach Madras. Famous for their dealings in silk, precious gems and exotic spices; they soon carved a niche for themselves in India. In fact, the burial grounds of the Armenian Church is also home to the grave of Reverend Haroutiun Shmavonian—who was the editor and founder of Azdarar--the world's first Armenian periodical. This piece of Chennai’s history has been kept alive by the legendry belfry of six bells dominating this mesmerizing church. Varying in size from 21 to 26 inches, each of these bells weigh 150 kgs and boasts of some inscriptions, dates and dedications. Every Sunday, precisely at 6:30 AM, the neighborhood of Armeniam Church is woken up by the melody of these bells-- rung by Trevor Alexander, the church's caretaker.
|Timings||All days of the week 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM|
|Visit Duration||Around 2 hours|