Hundreds of cloaked clergymen marched through the narrow alleyways of the Old City of Jerusalem to lay its longtime Armenian Patriarch to rest, AP reports.
Torkom Manoogian died Oct. 12 after being hospitalized since January with cardiac problems. He was 93.
Armenians have a 1,600-year presence in the Old City. But a combination of political forces and the draw of a better life elsewhere have seen their numbers quietly drop below 1,000 people.
Manoogian previously led the Armenian church in the United States and was outspoken about the 1915 Armenian genocide committed against his people.