"Armenian Catholic Church of the Assumption" Top 5 Page for this destination Catholic Armenian Cathedral of the Annunciation Tip by MM212

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Built at the end of the 19th century, this Armenian Catholic Church is one of many churches representing different Christian sects (and religions) in "European" Cairo. Although Armenian presence in Egypt dates back many centuries, there were two large arrivals in modern times. The first occurred in the early 19th century when the ruler of Egypt invited Armenians to participate in the modernisation of Egypt. The second wave of arrivals happened in the early 20th century following the terrible conflict with the Ottomans. Although once estimated to be 60,000 strong, the Armenian community has dwindled down to around 5000 well-integrated Egyptian citizens (among them is the Arab world-famous actress/performer Nelly). Many Armenians chose to return to Armenia in the '20s and '30s with the arrival of the Soviets, who were seen as liberators, while others left Egypt in the post-revolution era, as did many non-Egyptians in the '50s and '60s.

Address: Abu El'Alam Street (ex-Gameh Sharkass Street)
Directions: Near Talaat Harb Street
Phone: (02) 2393 84 29
Website: http://www.touregypt.net

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