Take a moment to browse some of the events in the history of our timeline.

Death of Avietis Lazar

1714

Death of Avietis Lazar

Avietis Lazar died. He is the earliest recorded Armenian to have died in Dhaka

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Site Donation

1780

Site Donation

The ground for the Church was donated by Agah Catchick Minas

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Armenian Church Built

1781

Armenian Church Built

The Armenian Church of Holy Resurrection Dhaka was built. it was consecrated by Bishop Ephraim

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Death of Arathoon Michael

1823

Death of Arathoon Michael

Armenian Zemindar Agah Arathoon Michael died.

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Church Steeple

1837

Church Steeple

A steeple was added to the Church by Johannes Carapiet Sarkies

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Joseph Beglar Born

1845

Joseph David Melik Beglar was born and baptised 9 December 1845. He rose to the position of Executive Engineer and Archaeological Surveyor in the Bengal Public Works Department

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Pogose School

1848

Pogose School

Joachim Gregory Nicholas Pogose founded the Pogose School in Dhaka

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Altar Piece Donation

1849

Altar Piece Donation

The Church altar piece ‘The Last Supper’ was painted and donated by Charles Pote

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Marcar David

1854

Marcar David

Marcar David set up his business, M. David & Co in Dacca. He was the first to open up a Jute business in Bangladesh and was responsible for Chittagong becoming a port

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Ticca Garry

1856

Ticca Garry

George Manuk Shircore was the first shopkeeper to bring the Ticca Garry to Dacca

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Archbishop Gregoris

1876

Archbishop Gregoris

His Grace Archbishop Gregoris Johannessian visited the Church

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Thaddeus Seth Nahapiet

1896

Thaddeus Seth Nahapiet

Thaddeus Seth Nahapiet set up his Jute business in Dhaka

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Earthquake

1897

Earthquake

A severe earthquake shook Dhaka, lives were lost and the Church steeple fell down

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Parsonage Built

1907

Parsonage Built

The Parsonage was built and marble flooring, electric lights & fans installed by Mr. Arathoon Stephen of Calcutta

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Archbishop Ayvadian

1907

Archbishop Ayvadian

Grace Archbishop Sahak Ayvadian visited the Church

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Altar Donation

1915

Altar Donation

David Alexander presented the Church with the white marble altar

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Archbishop Gooshakian

1917

Archbishop Gooshakian

His Grace Archbishop Torgom Gooshakian visited the Church collecting donations to help Armenian refugees from Western Armenia (Turkey)

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Death of Joseph Lazarus

1922

Death of Joseph Lazarus

Generous Church benefactor, Jute Merchant Joseph Lazarus died

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Archbishop Ayvadian

1922

Archbishop Ayvadian

His Grace Archbishop Sahak Ayvadian visited the Church for the 2nd time

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Archbishop Magistros

1928

Archbishop Magistros

His Grace Archbishop Mesrovb Magistros visited the church

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Archbishop Magistros

1928

Archbishop Magistros

2nd visit by Archbishop Magistros

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Herbert Michael Shircore Honour

1933

Herbert Michael Shircore Honour

Herbert Michael Shircore Chairman of the Narainganj Municipality, decorated with the Order of Companion of the Indian Empire (C.I.E.)

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Archbishop Kostanian

1948

Archbishop Kostanian

2nd visit by Archbishop Kostanian

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Amerkhan David Boldy

1950

Amerkhan David Boldy

Amerkhan David Boldy was made President of the Pakistan Jute Associate and member of the Pakistan Government Jute Board

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Archbishop Poladian

1958

Archbishop Poladian

Two visits made this year by Bishop T. Poladian.

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Church Takeover Thwarted

1986

The Church came close to being taken over. It was saved by Mr. Michael Martin, Caretaker at the time

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Mr Michael Martin Honoured

2013

Mr Michael Martin Honoured

Mr. Michael Martin, Church caretaker, honoured with a Pontifical Bull for services to the Armenian Church, Dhaka

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Armenian Mass Held

2016

Armenian Mass Held

Armenian Mass held at the church and flag raising, attended by Mr. Asaduzzman Noor, the Minister of Cultural Affairs of Bangladesh

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Food Assistance Programme Commenced

2016

Food Assistance Programme Commenced

Named in honour of Michael Martin the caretaker who saved the Church from an uncertain future. “The Michael Martin Food Assistance Programme” was started

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Artwork Restoration

2018

Artwork Restoration

Restoration of ‘The Last Supper’ altar painting completed

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Heritage Project Commenced

2018

The Bangladesh Armenian Heritage Project commenced

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Application for UNESCO Heritage Status

2019

Application for UNESCO Heritage Status

Application process commenced for UNESCO Heritage Status of the Church

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Medical Clinic for Local People

2019

In association with other charitable organisations we will be establishing a free weekly medical clinic for local people, providing essential assistance to those in need of help

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Scholarship Programme

2019

We are exploring the opportunity of establishing a scholarship programme, giving local young people further education opportunities they wouldn’t normal have access to.

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Heritage Matters

2019

We work closely with the Department of Archaeology and the Ministry of Culture on heritage matters and continue to develop our Heritage Project with a view to keeping the history of Armenians in Bangladesh alive

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