Armenian Jerusalem
2,000 years of glorious history
The Armenian Jerusalem website project was launched in 2007, its raison d'etre the preservation of the culture, history and traditions of the Armenians of Jerusalem who claim the city as their home over the past two millennia. The Gulbenkian Foundation, the foremost Armenian philanthropic foundation in the world, headquartered in Lisbon, promptly pledged its support, with a generous grant allowing for the purchase of the computer hardware and software required. The Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, seat of the Armenian world's second most important spiritual fount after Etchmiadzin in the Motherland, gave its blessing to the project, allowing it unrestricted access to ancient "domar"s (archives) that contain records of the births, deaths and marriages of all Armenians in Jerusalem, dating back to the early 1800's. Garo Nalbandian, one of the city's most prominent Armenian photographers, contributed his services to the project, painstakingly photographing the 250 pages of the "domar"s and rendering them digitally to help create the project's main genealogical database. Dozens of current and former Armenian Jerusalem "kaghakatsi" generously provided the project with personal genealogical information, helping design a universal "kaghakatsi" family tree that graphically demonstrates the inviolable interconnectivity and interrelationship of all the "kaghakatsi" of the Old City.