1) The Armenian Church of St Gregory the Illuminator

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The sculpture reflects Jesus carrying a cross to sacrifice his life in order to protect his holy spirit.

The Armenian Church of St Gregory the Illuminator, the oldest Christian Church in Singapore. It is sited at the foot of Fort Canning Hill along Hill Street.  The founder of this Church is an Armenian community living in Singapore in the 18th Century.
A few persons in this Armenian community must be named, they are the Sarkies brothers, Archak, Aviet and Tigran who were also responsible for the founding of the Raffles Hotel, the E&O Hotel in Penang and the Strand in Yangon.  Another person is Agnes Joaquim, the horticulturist who discovered Singapore first hybrid orchid in 1893 which today is known as Vanda Miss Joaquim as Singapore National Flower.  And also, Catchik Moses, the founder of The Straits Times, Singapore’s national English newspaper started in 1845, but one year later he sold it away as the press is not profiting.

The abovementioned personalities were buried behind the Memorial Garden behind the church.  The tombstones were brought over when the Bukit Timah Christian Cemetery was exhumed in 1988 and now they are the Angels of this tranquil holy garden and holy land.

This beautiful building design by George Drumgoole Coleman, the man behind many Singapore’s historical buildings in the colonial era.  Now, the building is design by shades of memories.

15 thoughts on “1) The Armenian Church of St Gregory the Illuminator

    Arlen Shahverdyan said:
    October 18, 2012 at 4:19 am

    Thank you for this post! I shared it on my Twitter and Facebook pages!

    Arlen

      Sydney Fong responded:
      October 18, 2012 at 8:24 am

      Thanks, I appreciate that! cheers! :) – AddGrainOnEarth

    Doggy's Style said:
    October 18, 2012 at 5:30 am

    I love the graveyard.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      October 18, 2012 at 8:25 am

      me too! – AddGrainOnEarth

    linesbylinda said:
    October 18, 2012 at 11:20 am

    beautiful job!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      October 18, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      you are welcome! – AddGrainOnEarth

    linesbylinda said:
    October 18, 2012 at 11:22 am

    What a talent! Finally got a picture up of me, don’t laugh too hard! Write on!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      October 18, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      well done, one star for you! – AddGrainOnEarth

    Doc said:
    October 19, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Astonishing

      Sydney Fong responded:
      October 19, 2012 at 10:29 am

      they are the kind and respectable pure angels – AddGrainOnEarth

    TheDeeZone said:
    October 19, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Very interesting.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      October 19, 2012 at 10:25 am

      thanks for stopping by, I will post more interesting and inspiring articles on board – AddGrainOnEarth

    Rexlin Victor said:
    October 20, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Amazing one!!!

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