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mapThe Armenian Quarter

Jeusalem Old City

The map was copied from Wikitravel.org.

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Jerusalem's Old city is divided into four districts, or "quarters" as they are known: Armenian, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim.

The Armenian Orthodox Church is one of the three major guardians of the holy Christian places in the Jerusalem area. They have partial jurisdiction over the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, among other important sites.

The first country to make Christianity its state religion was the Kingdom of Armenia, in 301 AD. It wasn't long before Armenians began making pilgrimages to the Holy Land. When they purchased St James's Cathedral in the 12th century, it became the centre of their community. Under Ottoman rule, during the 17th and 18th centuries, the quarter reached to its present size. The population of the Armenian community in Jerusalem grew again in 1915 when refugees fleeing the Turkish Armenian Genocide arrived.

From a high of approximately 16,000 in 1948, the population of Jerusalem's Armenian community has dropped to only about 2,000 today. This is due primarily to emigration. The decline has been accelerated by Israel's policy of encroachment into the area since the 1967 War. It is feared that eventually all of the Armenians will be pushed out and that the Armenian Quarter will cease to exist.

The Armenian Museum is well worth a visit. It's unique collection documents the history and culture of the Armenian community in Jerusalem. It also offers information on the Armenian Genocide.

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Some views of the Armenian Quarter and the Armenian Museum.

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Architecture of the Armenian Quarter.

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Decoration on a wall in the Armenian Quarter.

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Architecture of the Armenian Quarter.

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Architecture of the Armenian.

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Boys walking home from school, past the Armenian Hospice.

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One of the many religious processions in the Armenian Quarter.

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Armenian Museum.

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Interior courtyard of the Armenian Museum.

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Courtyard of the Armenian Museum.

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Courtyard of the Armenian Museum.

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One of the religious artifacts in the courtyard.

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Upper hallway of the Museum.

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Old Armenian graveyard behind the museum.

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Religious regalia, part of the museum collection.

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Religious regalia, part of the museum collection.

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Patti

This page was updated on 5 December 2007.

Contact me at: patti.primeau@sympatico.ca

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