Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection, Dhaka City

Bright yellow Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection remains a spiritual sanctuary and commemorates the cultural heritage of the now small Armenian community. High ceilings, lots of natural light and simple decoration lend to an airy feel, contrasting the ornate exterior. Interesting stonework embellishes the yellow walls while small white columns sit on on the top. A caretaker keeps the church maintained and sometimes offers casual guided tours. Take a walk around the lush palm tree garden to see gravestones with Armenian inscriptions. Arrange your visit to Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection and discover more family-friendly attractions in Dhaka City using our Dhaka City travel itinerary planner .
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  • We have noted with great interest and pleasure. It was interesting to touch the history of the people who lived here for a long time. Us very well met the caretaker of the Church. We have even been able to light the candles. Register in our guest book.
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  • Visited this little church while having a look around old dhaka. Very nice quiet simple church. Quite hidden between apartment blocks. Many interesting grave stones around the church.  more »
  • This church is in the 17-th century founded by the Armenians, who came to Dhaka for trade, mostly clothing. Two hundred years later leefen some 40 Armenian families in Dhaka, become rich by trade with the English at that time. The Church dates from 1771 and around the Church are the tombs of Armenians, who died here.
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  • Armenian Apostolic Church of the Holy Resurrection is a prestigious architectural structure situated in old Dhaka. It is an evidence of the existence of American during the seventeenth and eighteenth century. The Americans came to trade in this region. As jute and leather were cheap here, they flourished their trade and started with community living. The church is rectangular in shape with a huge arch gate in front. Though the church remains closed most of the time, it has got a reorganization by Bangladesh Archaeological Survey. During her visit to Dhaka, Mother Teresa stayed in this church.
  • A beautiful and peaceful place for prayer. Prayer mass hasn’t been conducted here since many days. This is the symbol of Armenian people who came to this land and founded this church for Christian believers.
  • I had been there. Its a nice place...... quiet and calm. You will feel peace being there.
  • The Armenian Church (also known as Armenian Apostolic Church of the Holy Resurrection)[1] is a historically significant architectural monument situated in the Armanitola area of old Dhaka, Bangladesh. The church bears testimony to the existence of a significant Armenian community in the region in the 17th and 18th centuries. Following the domination of their homeland by Persian powers of the time, Armenians were sent by their new rulers to the Bengal region for both political and economic reasons. Although the Armenian presence in South Asia is now insignificant, their presence in Dhaka dates back to the 17th century.[2] Armenians came to Dhaka for business. In Dhaka, Armenian merchants traded in jute and leather, and profitability in these businesses convinced some to move permanently to Bangladesh.[3] The area where they lived became known as Armanitola.[4] In 1781 the now famous Armenian Church was built on Armenian Street in Armanitola, then a thriving business district. The site was an Armenian graveyard before the church was built, and the tombstones that have survived serve as a chronicle of Armenian life in the area.[3] Agaminus Catachik, an Armenian, gave away the land to build the church. Michel Cerkess, Okotavata Setoor Sevorg, Aga Amnius, and Merkers Poges helped build the church.[citation needed] In the fifty years following the church's construction, a clock tower was erected on its western side. Allegedly, the clock could be heard four miles away, and people synchronised their watches with the sound of the tower's bell. The clock stopped in 1880, and an earthquake destroyed the tower in 1897.[2] The Armenian played a prominent part in the jute trade in Dhaka and are reputed to be the pioneers of that trade in the second half of the 19th century.Today, the last Armenian that takes cares of the church is Mikel Housep Martirossian (Michael Joseph Martin).[5][6] He was also one of the Armenian who was in the jute trade.
  • beautiful church★ prayer place 4Christian ★religious occasion celebration held here

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