Armenian cross-stone in Singapore

Armenian heritage in Singapore was enriched recently with the placement of an Armenian Cross-Stone in memory of the martyrs of the Armenian Genocide in the yard of the St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church. The Remembrance Park near the church was enriched with another monument alongside the several Armenian tombs.

This is the first Armenian Cross-Stone placed in Asia after the placement of an Armenian Cross-Stone near the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in China in November 2013.

The placement of the cross-stone was initiated by president of the board of trustees of the St. Gregory the Illuminator Church Armen Budaghyan.

“During a meeting with members of the board of trustees of the St. Gregory the Illuminator Church a couple of years ago, Greg Basmajian, who is one of the old members of the Armenian community of Singapore, suggested placing a cross-stone in the churchyard. This inspired me to turn that idea into a reality,” said Armen Budaghyan in an interview with “Hayern Aysor”.

Months later, during a visit to Yerevan, Armen Budaghyan took the advice of Head of the Inter-Church Relations Department of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin,

Prelate of the Artik Diocese, Bishop Hovakim Manukyan and met with sculptor Varazdat Hambardzumyan, who is the author of the symbolic cross-stone.

The placement of a cross-stone in a country like Singapore can be considered the small Armenian community’s triumph, but as Armen Budaghyan mentioned in his speech, it would be impossible without supporters.

“It would be impossible to turn this idea into a reality alone. There were many supporters. I would like to thank the Armenian community, the members of the board of trustees, Bishop Hovakim Manukyan, representative of Areva Group Pavel Karapetyan

and Yerevan’s Kilikia Beer Factory, which helped move the cross-stone to Singapore.”

The St. Gregory the Illuminator Church is the oldest Christian church in Singapore. It was built in 1835 and was consecrated in 1836. There are many Armenian tombstones at the Remembrance Park near the church, which is located between the Hill and

Armenia Streets in Singapore. The Church is a National Historical Monument and is marked on all maps of Singapore. The architect is Irishman George Colman. The church is one of Colman’s most famous works.

L. Abrahamyan

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