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Armenian church celebrates 175 years: THE Armenian community in Singapore celebrated the 175th anniversary of it...

Armenian church celebrates 175 years: THE Armenian community in Singapore celebrated the 175th anniversary of it...

The Armenian community in Singapore celebrated the 175th anniversary of its church on Sunday. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM THE Armenian community in Singapore celebrated the 175th anniversary of its church on Sunday, with more than 160 Armenians from 14 countries flying in to attend the festivities. The Church of St Gregory the Illuminator in Hill Street is Singapore's oldest Christian church, and was gazetted as a national monument in 1973. To mark the occasion, the trustees of the church organised a gala dinner on Saturday at the Raffles Hotel - a uniquely Singaporean landmark that was started in 1887 by Armenian brothers Tigran and Aviet Sarkies. On Sunday, a holy mass at the church was officiated by the Archbishop of Armenia, who flew down for the event. Speaking to The Straits Times after the event, Foreign Minister George Yeo, who also attended the mass, said the Armen...

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