Blogger Aleksander Lapshin has posted photos of “Little Armenia in Jordan” on his Facebook page.
“I have been to Amman many times, but only now have I reached the district called Jebel Al Ashrafia, which is located in the eastern sector of the city and has an Armenian community that is the second largest in the Christian community of Jordan. Today, the Armenian community has nearly 5,000 members, most of whom represent the generations of Armenians who escaped the Ottoman Empire during the Armenian Genocide of 1915. They passed through Syria and settled here. The new wave of Armenian refugees reached Jordan after the first Arab-Israeli War in 1948, and as a result, there were 10,000 members of the community. However, starting in the 1970s, the Armenians actively began to move to the United States, Canada and Australia. As a result, the number of members of the Armenian community decreased twice.
However, those who have remained continue to preserve their heritage and traditions and have an Armenian elementary school, kindergarten and school.
Here there is an oven for making bread and a restaurant that serves the traditional Armenian lahmajun that is also referred to as “Armenian pizza”.
And, of course, the center of the community is the St. Thaddeus Armenian Apostolic Church. Repair works are almost over here, and believers will be able to see the new look of the church literally on Monday. At night, from here you can see the wonderful view of the capital of Jordan.
As a matter of fact, the Armenians of Jordan live not only in the capital, but also in Madabe and Irdib where there are also small Armenian communities, and some families live in Ajloun and Jerash,” he wrote.