(9 July, 2006)
The Armenian Church of St Gregory the Illuminator
(GPS: 1.29314, 103.84933) is the oldest Christian church in Singapore. Located at Hill Street
, it was designed by George Drumgoole Coleman, the man responsible for many of Singapore's historical buildings from the colonial era.
The Armenian community in Singapore was granted by the government the piece of land where the church stood in 1833. They started a fund raising campaign among the Armenian communities in Singapore who managed to collect half the construction cost of 5,000 Spanish dollars, with the balance coming from communities in India and Java. Construction of the church began the following year. It was completed in 1835 and consecrated on 26 March, 1836, dedicated to St Gregory the Illuminator, the first Patriach of the Church of Armenia.
The Armenian Church is built in the British Neo-Classical style, and modelled after the St Gregory's Church in Echmiadzin, in northern Armenia. The architect George Coleman produced a design that is specially adapted to Singapore's tropical climate. He included wide verandahs to provide adequate shade and protection against the tropical downpours.
(9 July, 2006)
The original bell turret which Coleman designed turned out to be structurally unsound, and had to be demolished. In its place, a square tower was erected in 1846, and in 1853, the spire was added.
The Armenian community in Singapore included several prominent personalities. Among them are the Sarkies brothers, Archak, Aviet and Tigran, who were responsible for the founding of the Raffles Hotel, the E&O Hotel in Penang, and the Strand in Yangon. Another prominent Armenian in Singapore is Agnes Joaquim, the horticulturist who in 1893 discovered Singapore's first hybrid orchid which is today known as Vanda Miss Joaquim, and which in 1981, was made Singapore's national flower. Finally, there was Catchik Moses, the person who started The Straits Times in 1845, but sold it a year later because it was unprofitable to him, little knowing that his creation would one day become Singapore's national English newspaper.
All the above personalities are said to be buried in the Memorial Garden at the back of the Armenian Church. Interestingly, however, they were not originally buried there, for the Memorial Garden was never used as a burial ground. The tombstones were only brought over when the Bukit Timah Christian cemetery was exhumed in 1988.
360° View of Armenian Church on Google Maps Street View
(13 September, 2010)
(13 September, 2010)
The Armenian Church was gazetted as a National Monument of Singapore on 6 July 1973.
60 Hill Street
Armenian Church is on the map of Hill Street
Add your business/shop to my site
How would you like to have your business or shop added to this website, so that would-be customers can easily find you? This website provides place information of the whole world, with special emphasis on Malaysia and Singapore.
If you has a shop or business anywhere in Malaysia or Singapore, with a physical location, you may have your shop listed on one of the pages of this site. For example, a shop in Cheras will be placed on the Cheras page, another in Kota Bharu is listed in the Kota Bharu page, and so on. You only need to pay a one-time fee, and your shop will be listed for you for as long as this site is still running. There are different placement plans available. To find out more, CONTACT ME
Visiting Singapore? Get your hotel room here
Compare the room rates from different online booking sites to get the best rates for your trip.
If you're travelling somewhere, look for accommodation using the Search Hotel engine below. It helps you find the online booking site that offers the best rates for the room you want.
Going somewhere by express bus in Malaysia/Singapore?
Book your bus ticket online right here.
It is easy, safe and fast!.
Hire a car
| Our Recipes
| Facebook Posts
| Just Curious
| Not In The Dictionary
| Our Flowering Garden
My YouTube Videos
Check out my YouTube Channel
and don't forget to subscribe!
Planning Areas of Singapore
"Planning Areas" are the de facto districts of Singapore. This map shows you all the planning areas of the island nation. Click on them to get to know each area.
Explore Singapore made easy with MRT
This comprehensive map of the Singapore Mass Rapid Transit shows you every station in the network, so that you can easily plan your journeys and change trains accordingly. As with the bus and LRT, you are charged a fare according to the distance travelled.
About Timothy Tye
Welcome to my website, Discover with Timothy Tye
. I started it in 2003 to freely share information about places. Today it has close to thirty thousand pages. I have been writing this website full time since 1 November 2007, and continue to do so as a means to satisfy my curiosity about the world around me. I am happy if the information I have assembled is useful to you. Please follow me on Facebook
As a Christian, I hope that through this website, I am able to deliver God's Good News
to those who need it all over the world. If you wish to contact me, please submit the contact form
. Thanks again, don't forget to follow me on Facebook
Malaysia Travel Tips!
My Malaysia Travel Tips
has useful information on every state in Malaysia (Johor
, Negeri Sembilan
) and every major city and destination (Kuala Lumpur
, Johor Bahru
, Cameron Highlands
, Kota Kinabalu
, Alor Setar
, Petaling Jaya
, Kota Bharu
, Kuala Terengganu
) and hundreds of smaller towns.
This website is hosted on Bluehost
, one of the biggest web hosting companies in the world.
Copyright © 2003-2019 Timothy Tye
. All Rights Reserved.