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Armenian Diocese of Beroea

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Churches  17 (functioning)
Established  1432
Country  Syria
Rite  Armenian Rite
Patriarch  Aram I
Cathedral  Forty Martyrs Cathedral
Armenian Diocese of Beroea
Population - Total  (as of 2011 est.) 70,000
Denomination  Armenian Apostolic Church

Armenian Diocese of Beroea (Armenian: Բերիոյ Հայոց Թեմ Berio Hayots Tem), is one of the oldest dioceses of the Armenian Apostolic Church outside the historic Armenian territories, covering the Syrian city of Aleppo and the governorates of Deir ez-Zor, Idlib, Latakia and Raqqa. It is known as Beroea, being named after one of the ancient names of Aleppo; when the city was renamed Beroea (Βέροια) in 301 BC by Seleucus Nicator until the Arab conquest of Syria and Aleppo in 637 AD. The seat of the bishop is the Forty Martyrs Cathedral of Aleppo. It is under the jurisdiction of the Holy See of Cilicia of the Armenian Church.

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History

The Armenian Diocese of Beroea was founded in 1432 in Aleppo by the Great House of Cilicia. Hovakim of Beroea became the first bishop of Aleppo between 1432 and 1442. The estimated population of the diocese all over Syria is around 70,000 Armenians. The prelacy has the following church buildings under its jurisdiction in Syria:

Churches and current status

  • Forty Martyrs Cathedral of Aleppo, severely damaged in 2014 through an underground explosion perpetuated by the Free Syrian Army.
  • Surp Krikor Lusavorich (Saint Gregory the Illuminator) Church of Aleppo.
  • Surp Kevork Church of Aleppo, the interior was burnt in 2012 by the Free Syrian Army.
  • Surp Hagop Church of Aleppo.
  • Church of the Holy Mother of God of Aleppo.
  • Surp Hripsime Church of Yacoubiyah village, under the control of Jabhat al-Nusra since 2012.
  • Surp Anna Church of Yacoubiyah village, under the control of Jabhat al-Nusra since 2012.
  • Holy Mother of God Church of Latakia.
  • Holy Mother of God Church of Kessab.
  • Holy Mother of God Church of Karadouran, Kessab.
  • Surp Stepanos Chapel of Karadouran, Kesab.
  • Surp Kevork Armenian Church of Ghnemiyeh village, severely damaged by the Syrian Turkmen Brigades.
  • Surp Stepanos Church of Aramo village, severely damaged by the Syrian Turkmen Brigades.
  • Holy Mother of God Church of Raqqa, under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
  • Holy Cross Church of Tell Abyad, severely damaged by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
  • Armenian Genocide Martyrs' Memorial Church-Complex of Deir ez-Zor, almost entirely destroyed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
  • Holy Resurrection Chapel of Margadeh village, under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
  • References

    Armenian Diocese of Beroea Wikipedia


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