Armenian Jerusalem
Two    thousand    years    ago,    the    Armenian    emperor, Tigranes   II   (Dickran),   King   of   Kings,   marched   into   Judea   at the head of a vast invading army. And    planted    the    seeds    of    a    perpetual    Armenian presence in the Holy Land. For   strategic   reasons   -   he   did   not   want   to   extend   his front   or   engage   in   another   costly   military   confrontation   with the   ruling   Roman   forces   -   he   did   not   enter   Jerusalem,   which was   nothing   more   than   an   insignificant   regional   province   at the time. The   first   Armenians   were   soldiers   and   conscripts   he left   behind   to   man   the   garrisons   he   had   had   erected   along the   borders.   They   were   joined   by   camp   followers   and   soon intermingled    with    the    local    population    and    settled    as homeowners,   traders,   artisans   and   builders,   in   and   around the city. One of them was my direct ancestor. Endowed     with     a     rich,     dynamic     culture,     age-old traditions   and   glorious   history,   Armenians   have   helped   place Jerusalem squarely on the map of the world. This    website    has    been    created    with    the    aim    of preserving     and     perpetuating     our     precious     legacy     and heritage. 
This project has been supported by the Gulbenkian philanthropic Foundation, the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and members of the worldwide Armenian community. Reproductions of the genealogical documents [domar’s] are courtesy Photo Garo, Jerusalem. © Copyright 2007 Arthur Hagopian
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