Ararat Armenian Cemetery &
Masis Ararat Armenian Cemetery

Grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30am to 3:30pm

Phone: (559) 292-2415 | Location Maps | icon facebook

Our mission...

is to serve Armenian families with compassion at their time of need, while also keeping alive the memory of all who are buried here.

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Ararat and Masis Ararat Armenian Cemeteries are the only Armenian cemeteries in the United States and, for over 100 years, were the only Armenian cemeteries outside Armenia and the Middle East. These Cemeteries stand as a testament to the strength and will of the Armenian community in Fresno and as a solemn reminder of the valuable contribution Armenians have made to the development of Fresno and the surrounding area. Starting with the Seropian Brothers in Plot 1, you can trace the growth and history of the Armenian community in California’s Central Valley. From humble origins, the Armenian community prospered over time, giving rise to influential businessmen, politicians, soldiers, and more. We are proud to honor the memories of all who are buried at Ararat and Masis Ararat Armenian Cemeteries ... Read more »


History of Ararat Armenian Cemetery

December 1885 marks the beginning of Ararat Armenian Cemetery. Moses J. Church, a local businessman, owned an 80 acre plot of land along Belmont Avenue. He was a deeply religious man, who believed strongly in the need for cemeteries. He vowed to sell this property, at minimal cost, to various ethnic, religious, and social groups.

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The Soghomon Tehlirian Monument

Soghomon Tehlirian is revered by Armenians as a national hero. On May 15, 1921, Tehlirian assassinated Talaat Pasha in Berlin to avenge the deaths of the 1.5 million Armenians killed in the Armenian Genocide. Visitors come from throughout California and the United States to visit his monument at Masis Ararat Armenian Cemetery and pay their respects.

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Hours and Locations Information

Gates open daily at dawn and close at dusk. Call (559) 292-2415 for exact hours of opening & closing.

Office Hours: 8:30am to 3:30pm Monday - Friday. Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays.

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Notable gravesite and monumnet locations »