The Armenian Church of Saint Gregory the Illuminator is Singapore’s oldest Christian church. Construction was completed in 1835, then consecrated the following year.
It was designed by George D. Coleman, a renowned Irish architect, and is considered as one of his best works.
Armenian Church of Saint Gregory the Illuminator, Weddings, Singapore
Today, the church is not just an important place of worship for the local Armenian residents, but it also serves as a tribute to them. Their work as entrepreneurs, merchants, and lawyers contributed significantly to Singapore’s economy in its early days. Some of the most well-known members of the Armenian community include the Sarkies brothers, who were responsible for constructing and managing the Raffles Hotel. Another one is Agnes Joaquim, who was famous for creating a hybrid orchid known as the Vanda “Miss Joaquim”, which is now the national flower of Singapore.
Armenian Church of Saint Gregory the Illuminator’s design draws primarily from traditional Armenian church styles. Its interior features a cupola and vaulted ceiling, and a painting of the Last Supper is found above the altar. Its exterior features a tall spire on top of the building, and Doric columns flank each side.
The church also houses a tranquil Memorial Garden, a sanctuary for the Armenian community, which contains the tombs of several prominent Armenians; including Agnes Joaquim, and Catchik Moses, who founded the Straits Times.
Both Armenian and oriental Orthodox religious services are held regularly in the church.
Armenian Church of Saint Gregory the Illuminator is located at 60 Hill Street.