YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The Armenian community in Germany has announced the opening of a new church in the town of Hale, in the Saxonia-Anhalt region. The church, which has yet to be named, will be consecrated in the coming months.
According to Hale community priest, Father Mkrtich Ayvazyan, the Armenian Diocese in Germany has leased the church and its neighboring buildings from the German Protestant Church for a period of 99 years. The church will be completely reconstructed according to Armenian religious architecture and a new facade, made from Armenian tuff will be laid.
Hale is a fairly new Armenian community, with a majority of its members, now estimated at about 50 families, having arrived from Armenia’s Shirak region in the last two decades, according to Azat Ordukhanian, the head of the “German Union of Armenian Academicians.” About 50,000 Armenia’s in total are estimated to live in Germany, the overwhelming majority of which are from Turkey, while 10-15 thousand are migran’s from the Armenian Republic.
“Next to the Armenian Embassy in Germany, this building is the second most important Armenian property in the country,” Ordukhanian said.