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Visit Jerusalem and discover the history of the Armenian footprint in Israel. The Armenian quarter of Jerusalem is the most closed for visiting. With our help you will get acquainted with the history of the Armenian people which has been beginning already from the end of the 1st century. Familiarization with the Jerusalem Patriarchate of the Armenian Apostolic Church, participation in liturgies and hymns.

Jerusalem Patriarchate of the Armenian Apostolic Church

the exact self-name: the Apostolic Department of St. James in Jerusalem is the autonomous Patriarchate of the Armenian Apostolic Church. The Armenian Patriarch in Jerusalem (since January 24, 2013 Nurkhan Manukyan) has the rank of Archbishop and recognizes the spiritual authority of the Catholicos of All Armenians of the Armenian Apostolic Church. The residence of the Jerusalem Patriarch of Jerusalem is located in the historic district of Jerusalem – the Armenian quarter of the Old City (St. Jacob’s Cathedral).

The Armenian Patriarchate, along with the patriarchies of Greek and Latin, enjoys the right of ownership to a part of the main shrines of the Holy Land, including the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem, in particular, to the split column. Under the patriarchy are the Armenian churches of Israel in Jerusalem, Jaffa, Ramla and Haifa) and Jordan.

Armenian Quarter

the smallest of the four quarters of the Old City of Jerusalem, occupies an area of ​​0.126 square kilometers, which is 14% of the entire territory of the Old City. The Armenian quarter is located in the south-western part of the Old Town, south of the Jaffa Gate, between the tower of David and Mount Zion. It is believed that it is located on the site of the palace of King Herod the Great. From the west and south, the Armenian quarter protects the walls of the Old City, from the north it adjoins the Christian quarter, and from the east – with the Jewish Quarter. In the Armenian quarter you can get through the Jaffa and Sion gates. The number and density of the population is the lowest among all four quarters.

Despite the small size and population of the quarter, Armenians remain unshakable independence and energetically realize themselves in the Old City. The Jerusalem Patriarchate of the Armenian Apostolic Church, founded in the 7th century as a diocese, is independent of other Christian institutions in Jerusalem. The Patriarchate is located in the center of the quarter in the Cathedral of St. Jacobs; on its iron gate it is written: “These gates were built on the initiative of the patriarch Krikor in 1646”. The Patriarchate owns both the land in the quarter and significant property in other places.