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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