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Armenian Church

Experience the tranquility of this 300-year-old church and browse the stalls of local hawkers on the animated and chaotic Armenian Street.

Admire the humble architecture, striking belfry and impressive religious artwork of the 18th-century Armenian Church. Afterward, move from a serene to a frenzied atmosphere by wandering the boisterous streets of Chennai’s old trading district. The Armenian Church (aka Armenian Church of Virgin Mary) was founded in 1712 and reconstructed in 1772. It stands as a commemorative monument to the once flourishing Armenian community of Chennai.

Walk through the church’s unassuming entrance to a placid courtyard shaded by colorful and sweet-smelling frangipani trees. On one side of the courtyard is the church, characterized by shuttered windows and an Armenian-style conical dome. On the opposite side is a striking whitewashed bell tower. The six ancient bells, which are often rung on Sunday mornings, are some of the largest church bells in Chennai. Look for inscriptions in Tamil and Armenian adorning the bells.

Step inside the church to discover a checkerboard floor design and a simple wooden altarpiece. On the walls are religious paintings by Chennai Armenians. Go back to the courtyard to see 350 tombstones. Among these is the grave of Reverend Haroutiun Shmavonian, who founded and published the first printed Armenian newspaper.

The church sits on the busy Armenian Street, in the Parry’s Corner area of the George Town neighborhood. It’s a 5-minute walk from Chennai Beach Railway Station and about a 10-minute drive from Chennai Central Railway Station. Take low-cost taxis and auto-rickshaws to get here from all areas of the city.

The Armenian Church is open daily. Combine your visit with a walk along Armenian Street, an animated commercial street and part of Chennai’s historical trading district. Watch as craftsmen ply their trades and hawkers enthusiastically offer their goods. Shop for everything from wooden sandals and leather goods to spices and religious paraphernalia. Other nearby attractions include Fort St. George and St. Mary’s Church.


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