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Armenian Quarter of the "Old City" Jerusalem

The Armenian quarter, which has some 2,288 residents, is centered around the compound of the Armenian monastery, which is a miniature city with its own schools, seminary, library and residential quarters.  Much of this area once comprised the palace of Herod the Great. The Armenians were the first nation to adopt the Christian religion in the 4th century. Pilgrims from Armenia came to Jerusalem and by the middle of the 5th century they had no fewer than 70 monasteries in Jerusalem. The Armenians have suffered persecution & exile over the centuries.  Almost 2 million alone were systematically massacred by the Turks in the 20th century. As an exiled people their identity and unity is founded on their language and culture. See also | page two | Jewish Quarter | Muslim Quarter | Christian Quarter | Holy Week in Jerusalem


Armenian seminarians prepare for a game of basketball

see page two 
 

See also | Jewish Quarter | Muslim Quarter | Christian Quarter |
| Holy Week in Jerusalem |


Side chapel of St. James Cathedral

preparing for Footwashing Service at St. James Cathedral
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