Armenian Jerusalem
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
  Book Review: “The Call of the Crane”         APRIL 24, 2016         "Who remembers the Armenians?" Hitler once taunted.             History   has   made   a   mockery   of   his   infamous   claim,   for   who   does   not   remember   and   mourn   the   destruction   of   a   million   and   a   half innocent   Armenians   a   century   ago?   Dispossessed,   driven   out   of   their   homes,   cast   out   into   the   desert,   annihilated   for   no   other reason other than that they worshipped a different God.         

The Nightingale that flew away

      April 20, 2016            Anna   Vahan   Baghsarian,   beautiful,   elegant,   gentle   nightingale   of   the Armenian   Quarter's   Baghsarian   clan,   has   flown   away,   after   a lingering   debilitation.   Her   voice,   before   we   had   even   heard   of   Feirouz,   ignited   our   soul.   She   will   be   sorely   missed   by   all   who   knew her, and all who love music. Uncovering unknown mystic masterpieces      April 18, 2016            A   thousand   years   ago,   a   monk   in   a   distant   monastery   in   the   western Armenian   province   of   Reshdunik,   picked   up   a   reed   pen   and began   etching   out   what   would   later   become   known   as   the   first   great   Armenian   mystic   and   liturgical   poetry.   Krikor   Naregatsi (Gegory   of   Nareg),   who   spent   his   entire   life   in   the   monastery,   died   at   the   relatively   young   age   of   50,   but   what   he   has   left   behind has   outlived   his   time   and   age:   as   long   as   one Armenian   heart   beats   anywhere   in   this   world,   his   inspired   odes   and   lamentations   will continue to find an echo there. 

Guardians pledge to restore Edicule


      JERUSALEM, March 29, 2016              The   Three   Guardians   of   the   Holy   Places   (the   Greek   and   Armenian   Orthodox   Patriarchates   and   the   Franciscan   Custodia)   have pledged   to   begin   renovating   the   tomb   of   Jesus   (the   Edicule)   in   the   Holy   Sepulchre   church,   at   an   estimated   cost   of   3m   Euros.   The work   is   expected   to   start   within   a   few   weeks   and   take   up   to   8   months   to   complete. The   last   time   the   Edicule   was   restored   was   200 years ago.  

Abp Shirvanian resigns from post


    JERUSALEM, March 25, 2016             The   highly   esteemed   Archbishop   Aris   Shirvanian   has   resigned   from   his   position   as   head   of   both   the   Secretariat   and   Ecumenical Department   of   the Armenian   Patriarchate   of   Jerusalem,   after   several   years   of   sterling   service.   He   is   being   replaced   by   Fr   Goryoun Baghdasarian, lecturer at the Armenian seminary, and a former private secretary to the late Patriarch Torkom Manoogian.     

Church loses eminent leader

      LYONS, FRANCE, March 16, 2016                   The   Armenian   Patriarchate   of   Jerusalem   has   lost   one   of   its   most   eminent   leaders,   Archbishop   Tavit   Sahagian,   former   Grand Sacristan   under   the   late   Patriarch, Torkom   Manoogian.   Sahagian   had   been   suffering   from   kidney   ailments.   He   had   served   the   church in   various   postings   around   the   world,   and   had   settled   in   France   recently.   His   nephew,   Serop   Sahagian,   has   penned   this    touching obituary in tribute.    

“Gentle Prince” passes away

     CALIFORNIA, USA, February, 2016               Alfred   Kevorkian,   nephew   of   the   great   musician   and   composer,   Ohan   Dourian,   has   passed   away   after   a   long   illness,   scant   weeks after   losing   another   uncle,   the   eminent   philosopher   Haig   Khatchadourian.   He   gained   his   15   minutes   of   fame   early   in   life   when   he underwent   the   first   open-heart   surgery   in   the   Middle   East.   He   was   always   known   as   a   gentle,   cheerful   person,   ever   eager   to   lend   a hand.   He   spent   several   years   in   Saudi   Arabia   working   as   a   teacher   before   retiring   in   the   US.   His   loss   further   devastates   the Khatchadourian clan, one of Jerusalem Armenians grandest.   

Irretrievable loss

     SYDNEY, Feb 2016                Within   a   matter   of   weeks   earlier   this   year,   the   Armenian   community   of   Jerusalem   was   decimated   by   the   loss   of   four   of   its members.   One   family   alone,   the   Stepanians   of   "Dar   el   'Ajayez",   lost   their   first-born,   Kevork,   only   days   after   the   death   of   his   sister Arousiag.   The   devastating   development   was   followed   by   the   departure   of   Hagop   Mnatzaganian,   a   man   of   many   sorrows.   And   soon after, the whole Armenian world became poorer for the absence of the great philosopher, Haig Khatchadourian.  

Jerusalem Armenian heroes

               All   Armenians,   not   only   Jerusalemites,   owe   a   great   debt   of   gratitude   to   the   unsung   heroes,   particularly   Khatchig   Bekarian, Ardavazt   Minassian,   Anoush   Nakkashian   and   Father   Ghevond   who   are   so   selflessly   and   diligently   striving   to   place   Armenian Jerusalem   on   the   map.   Their   untiring   efforts   have   resulted   in   bringing   to   the   attention   of   all   those   who   love   Jerusalem   the   unique place Armenians occupy in its history. Long may they continue to live and serve Armenian Jerusalem.  

Armenian Patriarchate renovation work

     JERUSALEM, Feb 2016                The Armenian   Patriarchate   of   Jerusalem   has   completed   partial   structural   restoration   at   our   magnificent   Cathedral   of   St   James     with   the   intention   of   pursuing   a   fullscale   restoration   at   some   future   date.   In   order   to   accomplish   this   immensely   important undertaking,   the   Patriarchate   has   launched   appeal   for   help   and   support   from Armenians   all   over   the   world.   Click   here   for   full   text of Patriarchate statement on the restoration project.  

New book on Armenian genocide

               Haygan   Mardikjan   has   published   a   new   book,   called   “The   Call   of   the   Crane,”   as   a   testimony   to   the   valiant   spirit   of   courage   and endurance   under   inhuman   suffering   displayed   by   her   Armenian   grandparents   who   survived   the   Turkish   genocide.   The   book   was originally   written   in   Dutch   and   translated   into   English   by   Sarah   Owen   who   has   dedicated   her   work   to   the   memory   of   Raffi   Hagopian who passed away in the US nine years ago. The book will be reviewed here shortly.  

Gulbenkian support for “Armenian Jerusalem”    

    The august Gulbenkian philanthropic Foundation has expressed its unwavering support for the "Armenian Jerusalem" heritage

preservation project with a timely grant that has enabled  us upgrade and update both the hardware and software required to

design and manage the website which has now moved to a permanent address at

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    SYDNEY, June 2017             Khatchig   Dikbikian   (Chris   Dikian)   has   passed   away   short   of   his   80th   birthday,   after   a   long   struggle   with   cancer.   He   leaves behind   his   wife   Seta,   his   son   Jack   and   daughter   Suzie   and   two   grandchildren.   His   life   was   anything   but   ordinary:   he   was actually   born   in   Greece,   and   lived   there   for   a   few   years   under   the   Nazi   occupation.   It   was   a   painful   struggle   for   existence, but   he   managed   to   pull   through,   eventually   landing   in   Beirut   where   he   established   a   pharmacy.   But   it   was Australia   that   was to   be   his   home   for   the   past   few   decades. And   it   is   here   where   he   developed   his   cultural   gifts,   writing   articles,   broadcasting, teaching Armenian. His voluntary community work saw him recognized with an award by the Rotary Club.

Jerusalem Armenian loses another “bantukhd”

     July, 2017                In   an   article   entitled   “Fascinating Armenian   Jerusalem,”   Jirair   Tutunjian   explains   that   “while   many Armenians   know   that the   Armenian   Quarter   in   Jerusalem’s   Old   City   covers   one-sixth   of   the   city,   many   Armenians,   including   even   some   living   in Jerusalem, don’t know the many Armenian-related facts which make our presence in the Holy City so significant.”                And   proceeds   to   regale   us   with   intriguing   and   amazing   tidbits   about   our   beloved   city.   For   instance,   he   reveals   a   long- dorman   secret   that   Maymar   Sinan   (1489-1588),   the Armenian   engineer-architect   from   the Agirnas   village   near   Caesarea,   was responsible   for   building   the   walls   of   the   Old   City   of   Jerusalem. As   chief   architect   of   the   Ottoman   palace,   he   was   in   charge   of the   construction   of   more   than   300   structures—mosques,   hospitals,   public   kitchens,   schools,   mausoleums,   baths,   palaces, mansions,   bridges,   aqueducts,   and   caravansaries.   He   circled   (in   the   mid-1530s)   Jerusalem   with   the   4   kilometer   walls including 34 watchtowers and seven gates.

Fascinating Jerusalem

            The   Armenians   of   Jerusalem   mourn   the   loss   of   another   of   its   blythe   spirits,   Dickran   Dickranian.   He   was   ever the   epitome   of   the   cultured   gentleman, A   gentle   soul   helfpul   and   considerate,   a   warm,   cheerful   presence   in   the Armenian   Quarter   ofJerusalem.   He   left   the   city   of   his   birth   when   quite   young   and   spent   most   of   his   adult   life   in the USA.                He   is   the   brother   of   leading   Armenian   educator   Yeghya   Dickranian,   deputy   principal   of   the   Sts   Tarmanchats   parish school.

RIP Dickran Dickranian

     Feb, 2018