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Armenians in Bangladesh

Armenians in Bangladesh
Total population
1
Regions with significant populations
Languages
Armenian, English, Bengali
Religion
Armenian Apostolic
Related ethnic groups
Armenian

The Armenians in Bangladesh are ethnic Armenians who lived in what is now called Bangladesh. Their numbers have diminished significantly, but there is a notable presence in the country, particularly in Dhaka.

There was a fairly large Armenian colony in Dhaka during the early part of the 18th century, most of whom were engaged in the [1] A belfry was added in 1837. In 1910 a parsonage was added and the floor of the church was decorated with marble, and electric lights.

The Armenian Apostolic Church of Holy Resurrection of Dhaka still remains today.

Armenian community of Dhaka

The Armenian community of Dhaka played a significant role in Bengali trade and commerce in the 17th and 18th centuries. In the early part of 18th Century, Armenians settled in Dhaka, then one of the commercial centres in Bengal. They initially built a chapel and cemetery at Tejgagon, five miles from Dhaka. The oldest tombstone is “Avetis” an Armenian merchant who died on 15 August 1714. Apart from Dhaka there was a significant Armenian presence in Saidabad (a suburb of the capital Murshidabad), Hoogli, Kolkata, Chinsura, Patna and Kasimbazar. A neighborhood in Dhaka, Armanitola, bears their name; there is the Church of the Holy Resurrection and the cemetery established by the community in 1781 standing as major landmarks.[2][3] Their assertive presence, however, began to decline from the beginning of British rule. Michael Joseph Martin (Mikel Housep Martirossian) is reported to have been the last Armenian in Dhaka.[4]

References

  1. ^ Details about the church on Chater Genealogy site
  2. ^ HAYK, The Ubiquitous Armenian: Dhaka, Bangladesh
  3. ^ Armeniapedia: Armenian Churches in Asia
  4. ^ BBC News: The mission of Dhaka's last Armenian
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