Armenians and Indians have something in common: a very old culture. So it’s no surprise that Armenians and Indians interacted with each other at some point over the past few thousand years. But their ties go beyond casual encounters. Mughal emperor Akbar invited Armenians to settle in Agra in the 16th century. Armenians had a booming community in Calcutta (Kolkata) where there is still an Armenian church and an Armenian college. In 1772, Shahamir Shahamirian, an affluent merchant and member…
Students of Armenian college in Calcutta, India, celebrating Armenian Independence day
Singapore Singapore is one of only three city-states left in the world. And not only was (and still is) a small community there, Armenians established the first Christian church in the country! Besides that, Armenians founded Singapore’s classic Raffles Hotel. It was an Armenian woman, Ashkhen Hovakimian, who went by the name of Agnes Joachim, that bred Vanda Miss Joaquim, the orchid that is Singapore's national flower today.
Armenian College in Calcutta, India. one of the oldest Armenian colleges.
Beirut. Armenian church
Japan, Sudan and Mexico There really aren’t that many Armenians in Japan, Sudan and Mexico. But there are some! And it’s not like they’ve laid low: there is a Japanese-Armenian pop star, a church in Khartoum, Sudan, and Mexico’s ambassador to the United States, Arturo Sarukhan, was Armenian – and he was the first ever diplomat on Twitter! https://100lives.com/en/armenia/detail/8096/7-spots-youll-be-surprised-to-find-armenians-
Despite being thousands of miles away and speaking a Semitic language (Armenian is Indo-European), Armenia and Ethiopia have very similar alphabets. Armenians have played a big role in modern Ethiopian history. The Armenian community in Ethiopia includes the creator of the Ethiopian national anthem, Kevork Nalbandian, commissioned by Haile Selassie himself.
Venice The Queen of the Adriatic was a stop on many a merchant’s way when it was the trade center of the world. Yet the Armenians who remain there are not the descendants of merchants, but of monks. The Mekhitarist Order of the Armenian Catholic Church was gifted an island, San Lazzaro, in 1717. The order founded a monastery and set up a library, manuscripts depository and a publishing house. But that’s not even half the story. Over 200 years before the Mekhitarists set up shop on the island
St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church - Tehran, Iran