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The last guardian of Dhaka's Armenian heritage

Glorious legacy of the city's Armenian community would have been lost without Michael Martin's efforts

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The last guardian of Dhaka's Armenian heritage

The Armenian Apostolic Church of Holy Resurrection in Dhaka is testimony to the city’s once-thriving Armenian community. (Photo: Armenian Church of Bangladesh)

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The two-storied white-colored church sparkles and stands quietly in the midst of a flurry of high-rise residential buildings in Armenian Street of Armanitola in the old part of Dhaka.

Dozens of tombs in the adjacent graveyard recall the Armenians who lived and died in Bangladesh’s capital.

Built in 1781, the Armenian Apostolic Church of Holy Resurrection is not just a historic landmark but also bears testimony to Dhaka’s once-thriving Armenian community, which was credited with shaping the economic and social life of the city in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Armenian Street and the Armanitola area are testament to a bygone era. However, much of the glorious legacy of Armenians in Dhaka including the church could have been lost without Michael Joseph Martin, the last resident Armenian of Dhaka.

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