Armenian Quarter
Jerusalem, Israel

 

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7/3/2014

The Armenian Quarter is one of the four quarters of the Old City of Jerusalem. It is home to the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem at the St. James Monastery, which occupies most of the quarter.

It is the smallest of the four quarters by both population and area. The quarter traces back its history to the early Armenian pilgrims that moved to Jerusalem in the early 4th century, when Armenia became the first country to adopt Christianity. Of the estimated population of 2,200, 1,000 are Armenians.

One of the central reasons for the existence of an Armenian quarter is the religion and ethnicity of the Armenians. Armenians, unlike the majority of Christians in Israel, are not Arabs.

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