Karekin I Khachadourian of Constantinople

Archbishop Karekin I Khachadourian (in Armenian Գարեգին Ա Խաչատուրյան) (6 November 1880, Trebizond – 22 July 1961, Istanbul) was the 81st Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople under the authority of the Catholicos of Armenia and of all Armenians.

He was born Khachik Khachadourian in Trabzon, taking the name Karekin on ordination.

He assumed his duties as Patriarch on 16 March 1951, after he returned from serving in Argentina. He established the Tbrevank school in 1953, a boarding school which also provided the education for the future Armenian priests. He encouraged the Armenians to send their children to the Tbrevank school, the only school that was able to provide education in Armenian in Turkey at the time, as all Armenian schools in the Turkish countryside were closed and the law prohibited the establishment of new Armenian schools.[1]

Religious titles
Preceded by Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople
Succeeded by


  1. ^ Törne, Annika (2019-11-05). Dersim – Geographie der Erinnerungen: Eine Untersuchung von Narrativen über Verfolgung und Gewalt (in German). Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG. pp. 148–149. ISBN 978-3-11-062771-8.