Greek Cemetery Kolkata

Greek Cemetery Kolkata -Calcutta India

Few days back we went to Greek Cemetery in Kolkata. Burial starts here since late 1800s and before that there was Amratollah st. Church(Calcutta,India), when it was abandoned, earlier gravestones have been brought here. It is still functioning and two year back one Greek lady has been buried here. We went there on the occasion of Good Friday this year and inside the cemetery, there is a small Church, so it was opened for the occasion.

Greek Cemetery Kolkata (Calcutta)
Greek Cemetery Kolkata (Calcutta)
Greek Cemetery Kolkata (Calcutta)

It is located near Phoolbagan, Kolkata area and surrounded by residential buildings. At first, It is very hard for someone to locate the cemetery and the present condition of the cemetery is very poor, one reason that I have noticed, due to ongoing expansion work of Kolkata Metro railway, it badly affected the surrounding area. The caretaker of the cemetery is Mr. Basanta Das and without his help it was really hard for us to explore the cemetery. I would like to Thanks Basanta Da for the hospitality he shown to us and after we left the cemetery he accompanied us till we reached the Jewish cemetery. We got to know from Basanta Da that renovation work of Greek Cemetery will start soon. This is indeed a good news.

Garave of Alexander Argeery or Hadjee Alexios Argyree -Greek Cemetery Kolkata (Calcutta)
Garave of Alexander Argeery
Greek Church - Greek Cemetery Kolkata (Calcutta)
Church

Greek or Hellenic Presence – Calcutta was the major commercial Capital not only for British East India Company , like other community it also allured Greeks . Two Greek tombstones, dated 1713 and 1728, it is preserved in the Catholic Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Rosary in Murgihatta, Kolkata (Calcutta) Commonly known as Portuguese Church, major prove of presence of Greeks in Calcutta in early 18th Century.
Although, the first eminent Grecian, who settled in Kolkata(Calcutta) was Alexander Argeery or Hadjee Alexios Argyree from Philippoupolis (According to some documents, Hadjee is a Turkish word and subsequently not to be found in Greek Lexicon) and he came to Bengal in the year of 1750. Greek merchants settled here in Bengal , mostly from Thracian cities of  Philippoupolis (Now Plovdiv in Bulgaria) and Adrianoupolis, during the Turko-Russian war, there was huge destruction of their properties and significant number of Greek families migrated here.
There are around 120 graves, named gravestone is 108 and remaining 12 gravestone is unnamed. Oldest grave is 1777 of Alexander Argeery, who died in Decca (Now Dhaka in Bangladesh) subsequently brought here and newest 1949 but according to Basanta Das, caretaker of the cemetery, the newest one is 2013, grave of a Greek Lady.

Location Of Greek Cemetery:- Near Phoolbagan Crossing, North Kolkata.

Address Of Greek Cemetery:- 105, Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Sarani, Kolkata.

Source – Ulysses in the Raj by P. B. Norris

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Chinese Community in Kolkata

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How many years can some people exist before they allowed to be free? Hey again I start singing!!! No No I am not singing suddenly these lines from popular song called “Blowing in the wind” by Bob Dylan came into my mind during my photo walk to Chinese Temples around Old Chinabazar street Kolkata. Gradually all of you will understand why those lines naturally came into my mind that day, although I am a Music lover. One fine day Me and Sumit met at my place for just exchanging thoughts (So called Adda Session) and all of sudden we planned for Photography of Chinese Temples around the Old China Bazar street and on the same day evening we planned to watch a documentary film, which was happened to be on the same day, screening of the documentary film, based on Indian Chinese at Choon Yee Thong church kolkata. On 19th of Jan 2014 we met at Sovabazar Metro Station at Early morning around 5:30 Am and started our walk. We took a bus ride and got down at Central Metro Station near Maharanapratap Statue. I would like to mention here that Sumit has huge interest and as well as knowledge regarding food (He always satisfies his Gastro instincts hehehehe!!!!) so without any doubts, we reached the locality where Chinese Breakfast is famous.

There are six Chinese Temples around old Chinabazar Kolkata.

  • Tong on Church
  • Sea Ip Church
  • Nam Soon Church
  • Choonghee Dong Thien Haue Church
  • Sea Voi Yune Leong Futh Church
  • Gee Hing Church

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Wikipedia Takes Kolkata 4 – Photowalk

I was just waiting for the event to occur because it really gave me a wonderful exuberant experience last time with the Wikipedia/Wikimedia Takes Kolkata 3 event. Suddenly, last week of November I got an invitation form Wikipedia in Facebook that again they are conducting Wikipedia Takes Kolkata 4 photo scavenging event here in Kolkata. But this time, photo scavenging will be in the southern part of Kolkata that is Tollygunge. Tollygunge is already famous outside for Bengali Films but for this time it will be more famous for Temples, Marvelous Architectures and History. So our rendezvous was Tollygunge Phari (It is a famous Tollygunge Crossing).

 

 

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Wikipedia Takes Kolkata 3 – Photowalk

“Country roads take me home “ by Denver a beautiful song started playing. ohhh don’t be confused. I am not writing anything about music , actually my cell phone rang. I got a call from Sumit on 21st Feb evening , He told me that he already sent me a invitation in Facebook for Wikipedia/Wikimedia photo walk event and like to confirm whether I am participating or not? Without going into any farther details I said when it’s about photography, I will be there. After little bit of discussion with Sumit, I dropped the call and immediately made call to Samrat to confirm whether he is interested to participate in the event or not, he said yes. Just one day left In between the event ,to study about the locations covered in photo walk. So after finishing all my professional works for Saturday, I started referring few books about Kolkata (Calcutta).

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Maniktalla Christian Cemetery & Toru Dutt

Maniktalla Christian Cemetery!! Lost Cemetery

I was little astonished during my visit to Maniktalla Christian Cemetery, in every square inch of graveyard there is impression of negligence and surprisingly cemetery is still in use. People those who stays within approximate 2/3 minute walking distance they even not aware that there is a graveyard. A family stayed in the graveyard compound but as per their statement they are not officially related to the Maniktalla Christian Cemetery. Only one person is appointed officially to look after the graves, but it seems, no take care is taken place by the person. The whole area overgrown with shrubs, weeds, trees and almost all the graves are broken. As it seems to me tombs are vandalized and most of the walls are broken, it needs real attention to restore the graves and for beatification of the area so that visitors can visit the place and. It was really tough for me to go inside and search for graves.

Tried a lot to find out the year of establishment of the Maniktalla Christian Cemetery, could not find as nobody is aware of it.

 

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Portuguese Church

Portuguese Church

Portuguese Church

Just cross the Brabourne Road, on Portuguese Street, commonly known as Murgihata crossing you are at the gate of Portuguese church and church is visible from far even from Indian exchange place and Brabourne Road crossing. So it’s not too tough to locate the church. This church was founded in 1799. Cathedral of The Most Holy Rosary Commonly known as Portuguese church and first catholic place of worship in Calcutta/Kolkata. Compound of the church is small but there is few trees around. There is two towers in the church and Towers are beautifully designed, the towers are more like minarets with rounded beautifully shaped cupolas. It has few verandahs in front and church is presently coloured in blue and white. On Sunday visitors are allowed inside the church. There is building on back side of church

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Armenian Church

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Armenian Church In Kolkata Walking down on the Brabourne Road towards Portuguese Street just after crossing the Lucas Street there is another road on the left, called Armenian Street. After crossing few buildings and shops of Steel suitcase (Trunks) from smaller to bigger in size, there is an Armenian Church. The Armenian Church actually called The Church of Holy Nazareth. This church was re-built in the year 1724. Earlier there was wooden church in that location which was built in 1707

 

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