Kachaliswarar Temple
Kachaliswarar Temple

Did you know that Armenian Street is just not about churches? For instance, at least one temple on this thoroughfare has a connect with Kanchipuram. MS Subbulakshmi was not allowed to sing in a concert venue here owing to her family background, such being the foolish taboos of those days. Come and experience all this and more in our heritage walk of Armenian Street. The Armenians were once a vital part of our city’s trade and commerce. Today none of them survives here but they have left behind several reminders. The most notable of these is the Armenian Church, which stands on the eponymous street.

Our heritage walk for February, to be held on Sunday 28, will be dedicated to Armenian Street and its history. There is more to this thoroughfare than just the community referred to above – some historic temples and churches, great commercial institutions, landmark buildings, and some scandals (of course). Interestingly it also once housed a thriving courtesan quarter.

Our walk begins late this time, chiefly to include a tour of the Armenian Church itself, which opens to visitors at 9.30 am with the bells being rung by the caretaker. So we begin our walk at 7.00 am. We tour Armenian Street till 8.30 am when we go for breakfast. We return at 9.30 am to the Armenian Church and examine its history till 10.30 am.

Charges: Rs 600 per head.

Those interested may make their payment through one of the following ways:

Online – by clicking on this link – https://www.payumoney.com/store/product/fc9e3981eaadbf6115ee343da348d6b0

You can also transfer the amount to our bank account, the details of which are given below:

Account Name: Past Forward
Account Type: Current
Bank Name: The Federal Bank Ltd
A/c No. 12820200104237
Branch: Royapettah

If you are doing a transfer, please send us an email to walks@chennaipastforward.com giving us the details.

If you still make your payments the heritage way, you can drop off a cheque payable to Past Forward at the following address:

c/o HVK Systems,
2&3, Bhattad Tower
30, Westcott Road
Royapettah, Chennai 600014

Sriram V.