Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Singapore's Yesteryears: Armenian Church

What you need to know about The Armenian Church:

  • It's the 1st church built in Singapore.
  • It was consecrated and dedicated to St Gregory, the Illuminator, the 1st Armenian monk.
  • It's believed that the Church was the 1st building in Singapore to have elecricity with the installation of fans and lights when electricity came to Singapore in 1909.
  • Completed in 1835 by Irish Architect, George Drumgoole Coleman, the church famous as his masterpiece. He cleverly combined the symmetry of Palladian architecture with the practical details of Eastern architecture like louvers and wide verandahs. Today's pitched roof and spire, built by George Maddock had replaced the original dome at first built as one of distinctive features of its architecture. However, the distinctive circular shape is still evident from the interior.
  • The building recognized as a national Monument and won a URA conservation award in 1995. URA is Singapore's national land use planning authority

The Armenian Church from Hill Street.

top right: the interior of the Church

The Memorial Garden of St Gregory

The building was gazetted as a national monument on 6 July 1973.

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