Armenian Church

Armenian Church, Singapore

Armenian Church
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Take a walk in the lush gardens of the Armenian Church before entering the church and admire the exterior architecture. Breathing history and rich heritage the Armenian Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator is the oldest Church of Singapore and is a gazetted National Monument.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL13,089 contributions
Oldest Church in Singapore
Feb 2020
At the base of Ft. Canning hill in the colonial district you will find the oldest church in Singapore just edging out St. Andrews. Built in 1835 shortly after the creation of Singapore, it is an Armenian Church and built in Greek revival style, beautifully painted clean, white. Its exterior looks like so many early 19th Century churches in the US. However, inside it is a very interesting circular nave and sanctuary, still in a very historic setting. While we peeked in we could not take pictures due to an event. However it is a great structure to visit. Exterior alone is beautiful.
Written 10 March 2020
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Susan C
Bangkok, Thailand68 contributions
A place of meditation
Sep 2019 • Solo
This beautiful church, memorial garden and memorial statue are a quiet place ideal for prayer and meditation
Written 21 September 2019
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Vladimir M
Dubai, United Arab Emirates6,231 contributions
It is the oldest Christian church in Singapore!
Jun 2019 • Solo
The Armenian Church of Saint Gregory the Illuminator is an Armenian church in Singapore located on Hill Street. It is the oldest Christian church in Singapore.
As the story says, the first Armenian merchant appeared in Singapore in 1820. In 1833, the Singapore authorities allocated to the Armenian community a plot of land for the construction of an Armenian church. At that time, the Armenian community of Singapore united only 44 people. They were able to collect only half the required amount. The remaining amount was collected by Armenians from India and the island of Java. The church was built in 1835.
Written 21 June 2019
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TaherAlbaghliJulian
Kuwait City, Kuwait1,771 contributions
Armenian Church
Feb 2019 • Family
During my visit to Singaphore I was looking for old building.One of ths oldest building
in Singaphore this Church it is established in 1835.If you interest in religious site you
must see this church to know about history of Armenian in Singaphore.This Church is Simple desgin and the staff nice and welcome.
Written 29 March 2019
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Nicole B
Dubai, United Arab Emirates946 contributions
Old Armenian Church
Jan 2019 • Family
This slightly shabby church is the oldest in Singapore. Surprisingly green grounds behind the church with out-of-place Armenian crosses and medieval statuary. Nice to pop in and have a peaceful break from the city.
Written 19 January 2019
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Sveta G
19 contributions
The oldest Church in Singapore
Jan 2018 • Friends
During our short visit to Singapore, we spent a rather long time in the surrounding. The history is very interesting, how Armenians got there at 1800s. The garden at the back of the Church is very nice. THe church is small but the christian spirit and atmosphere is amazing. AT the back side of the church, you can find the Armenian street with a street sign. I think all the Armenians like to take a pic there :D
Written 7 November 2018
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Koocharianjetsetter
Los Angeles, CA74 contributions
Oldest Christian Church in Singapore
Oct 2018 • Friends
A must visit for religious historians and Armenians of course. The church itself is very simple and has photos of the Armenian families who lived in Singapore before. The back side of the church has beautiful stone carvings of the cross, and a few stone heads of Armenians who still live in Singapore or were famous such as Agnes Joaquim who was a Singaporean Armenian women who created a hybrid orchid. So you can really feel a bit of history walking around the grounds of this building. It’s amazing.
Written 4 October 2018
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Mazmannan
Basingstoke, UK8,998 contributions
Nice small church
Apr 2018 • Family
The Armenian Church is small and is located between Orchard Road and the Padang.
It is said that this church is one of the oldest (if not the oldest) churches in Singapore and it opened in 1835.

The church is well maintained. It has a nice garden. Inside the church I saw a few worshippers (presumably of Armenian origin). There is not a large Armenian presence in Singapore.

I was impressed with the architecture of the church. The front has large columns. I noticed that there was a porch in front of the church.

The pews were made of blackened wood and rattan. The dome is impressive.

It is worth a quick visit.
Written 29 September 2018
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Mohamed S
Alexandria, Egypt1,258 contributions
Armenian presence
Sep 2017 • Solo
This church is supposed to be the oldest in Singapure. The building is very nice and well preserved but unfortunately it misses the Armenian typical church architecture
Written 31 August 2018
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Jeanette M
Cairns, Australia474 contributions
Singapore's oldest Christian church
Apr 2018
The Armenian Church, more correctly called St Gregory the Illuminator's Armenian Catholic Church is conveniently situated between Fort Canning Park, Orchard Rd and the Padang. The first thing you'll notice is how small the church is! Perhaps that's a reflection of the tiny size of the early Armenian population of Singapore. It was designed by George Coleman; an Irishman who was the best in the business in those days. Have a good look at the imposing Doric columns out front, and the handy (and typically Singaporean) covered drive through porch; ideal for letting the ladies and gents get out of their carriages in a pouring rainstorm. Inside you'll see the dome over the sanctuary; a typical Armenian architectural feature.
Be sure to visit the graveyard (or perhaps 'memorial garden'; I think the remains have been moved). You can visit Miss Joaquin's gravestone. She's the young lady who is credited with creating the Vanda Miss Joaquin orchid; the national flower of Singapore. They have a nice example of this orchid climbing alongside Miss Joaquin's grave stone. Have a look at the other gravestones featuring traditional Armenian decorative art and lots of writing in the Armenian alphabet.
You'll also see the church office tucked away in the back. This building was the original priest's residence.
Written 6 August 2018
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Armenian Church is open:
  • Sun - Sat 09:00 - 18:00