The Armenian Church is said to be the masterpiece of George Drumgoole Coleman who designed many of Singapore’s landmarks. The church was consecrated in 1836 and dedicated to St. Gregory the Illuminator.
It is a proud achievement of the religious perseverance of the one dozen-and-odd Armenian minority in Singapore during the 1820s. The church has enjoyed status as a National Monument since 1973.
The year of the laying of the church’s foundation, 1835, is carved into the Eastern pediment. Heavy timber doors adorn the church’s entrance. The broad covered verandas offer shade in summer and their tops also protect the windows from heavy rain.
The church grounds are also the site of a parsonage commemorated to John Shanazar Sarkies, a pioneering Singapore Armenian. The interiors of the church are snow white and the flooring is grey parquet. Within the church compound, there is also the Memorial Garden for the Armenians who had lived in Singapore.
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