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==History==
 
==History==
 
===Foundation===
 
===Foundation===
It is the oldest of [[List of active Armenian churches in Turkey|Istanbul's Armenian churches]] (total around 35).<ref name="patrikligi"/><ref name="Mitler"/>{{efn|According to the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople, there are 35 Armenian churches in Istanbul: 15 in the old city, 7 in the rest of the Asian part, and 12 in the Europe part and 1 in [[Kınalıada]].<ref>{{cite web |title=Պատրիարքութիւն Հայոց [Armenian Patriarchate] |url=http://www.turkiyeermenileripatrikligi.org/ |website=turkiyeermenileripatrikligi.org |language=hy}}</ref>}} According to a manuscript formerly kept at the [[Armash, Ottoman Empire|Armash monastery]] the church was founded in 1391 by an Armenian merchant named Kozma ({{lang-it|Cosimo}}) from Kaffa (now [[Feodosia]]) in [[Crimea]] who bought the land on which it was built.<ref name="paros"/><ref name="patrikligi"/><ref name="Mitler"/> Galata at the time was a [[Genoese colonies|Genoese colony]] and the Armenians found more protection under their control rather than that of the [[Byzantine Empire]].<ref name="paros"/><ref name="Mitler"/> The blacksmith Aved built the altar of the church as well as the Holy Cross chapel near the church.<ref>{{cite book |last1=Tuğlacı |first1=Pars |authorlink1=:tr:Pars Tuğlacı |title=İstanbul Ermeni kiliseleri [Armenian Churches of Istanbul] |date=1991 |publisher=[[Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople]] |page=164 |language=Turkish, English, Armenian}}</ref><ref name="patrikligi"/> First concrete evidence of the existence of the church comes from two 1431 inscriptions on the church. The date is sometimes cited as the foundation date of the church.<ref name="paros"/><ref name="patrikligi"/>
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It is the oldest of [[List of active Armenian churches in Turkey|Istanbul's Armenian churches]] (total around 35).<ref name="patrikligi"/><ref name="Mitler"/>{{efn|According to the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople, there are 35 Armenian churches in Istanbul: 15 in the old city, 7 in the rest of the Asian part, and 12 in the European part and 1 in [[Kınalıada]].<ref>{{cite web |title=Պատրիարքութիւն Հայոց [Armenian Patriarchate] |url=http://www.turkiyeermenileripatrikligi.org/ |website=turkiyeermenileripatrikligi.org |language=hy}}</ref>}} According to a manuscript formerly kept at the [[Armash, Ottoman Empire|Armash monastery]] the church was founded in 1391 by an Armenian merchant named Kozma ({{lang-it|Cosimo}}) from Kaffa (now [[Feodosia]]) in [[Crimea]] who bought the land on which it was built.<ref name="paros"/><ref name="patrikligi"/><ref name="Mitler"/> Galata at the time was a [[Genoese colonies|Genoese colony]] and the Armenians found more protection under their control rather than that of the [[Byzantine Empire]].<ref name="paros"/><ref name="Mitler"/> The blacksmith Aved built the altar of the church as well as the Holy Cross chapel near the church.<ref>{{cite book |last1=Tuğlacı |first1=Pars |authorlink1=:tr:Pars Tuğlacı |title=İstanbul Ermeni kiliseleri [Armenian Churches of Istanbul] |date=1991 |publisher=[[Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople]] |page=164 |language=Turkish, English, Armenian}}</ref><ref name="patrikligi"/> First concrete evidence of the existence of the church comes from two 1431 inscriptions on the church. The date is sometimes cited as the foundation date of the church.<ref name="paros"/><ref name="patrikligi"/>
   
 
Historian Kevork Pamukciyan believes that the current church was built on the location of St. Sargis, an Armenian church in Galata, mentioned in two Armenian manuscripts from 1360 and 1361.<ref name="paros"/><ref name="patrikligi"/>
 
Historian Kevork Pamukciyan believes that the current church was built on the location of St. Sargis, an Armenian church in Galata, mentioned in two Armenian manuscripts from 1360 and 1361.<ref name="paros"/><ref name="patrikligi"/>
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