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About Armenian Church

If you want a taste of the heritage of Chennai, do drop in at the Armenian Church. Constructed originally in 1712 and then reconstructed in 1772 over the site of 350 graves of an Armenian cemetery, it is one of India’s oldest churches and harks back to a time when a thriving Armenian community of merchants lived in Chennai. The church is distinguished by its conical dome, its wooden shutters and its bell-tower that stands separate from the main building. Old red flagstones cover the spacious courtyard, which is marked with tombstones. It is most renown for its belfry of six. These six bells of different sizes, vary from 21 to 26 inches, while each of them weigh around 150 kg; and are believed to be the heaviest and largest bells in Chennai. These bells are still rung every Sunday by the Church caretaker. The Church is also known as the Armenian Church of Virgin Mary, and is located on the Armenian Street, Parrys. The church is still funded by the Armenian Apostolic Church and is being maintained by The Armenian Church Committee of Kolkata.

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  • Facilities Food Stalls
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Family
  • Allowed Footwear, Camera, Video

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