ST. MARY’S ARMENIAN CHURCH OF MADRAS

The first Armenian church in Chennai was built in 1712 in the Esplanade of the city.The second Armenian church, dedicated to the Holy Virgin Mary was built in 1772 at the site of the old Armenian burial ground on which stood a chapel where services were

ST. MARY ARMENIAN CHURCH OF MADRAS, 1712 60 Armenian Street, Chennai, India
ST. MARY ARMENIAN CHURCH OF MADRAS, 1712
60 Armenian Street, Chennai, India

conducted, while the present church was being built. The ground belonged to Agah Shameer. The Armenian Church at Madras was once well known for possessing a large number of rare and valuable manuscripts and books.

The churchyard houses the remains of Rev. Father Harutyun Shmavonian the ‘Father of Armenian Journalism’ who published “Azdarar”, the first Armenian journal in the world. He passed away on February 9, 1824. In April 1904 Mesrovb Seth paid his first visit to the church.

In November 9, 2008 His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, reconsecrated the church.

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  1. Hi.

    My name is Anusua Mukherjee. I work in The Hindu, Chennai. I am writing an article on the Armenian Church of Madras and am looking for information pertaining to its history. I learnt that two editions of Azdarar were published from Calcutta in recent years and one of the editors is a professor in the Armenian College. Can I get her email/phone number by any chance? I would like to write on the history of Azdarar.

    Regards

    Anusua Mukherjee
    Senior assistant editor
    Sunday Magazine
    The Hindu

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