The rich history of Armenians in the Netherlands and Belgium

  • by Western Armenia, February 20, 2024 in Ancient History
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Armenian merchants first appeared in the Netherlands and Belgium in the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries, when Dutch merchants arrived in Kilikia, and Armenian trading houses were opened in the Low Countries.

Armenians brought carpets, dyes, cotton and spices from Armenia. Armenians were mentioned in the city of Bruges, which was once a Dutch port, in the 12th century. Later, in 1345, Armenians were allowed to sell carpets in front of the church in Bruges.

Later, in 1345, Armenians were allowed to sell carpets in front of the church in Bruges. In 1478, Armenians founded the "National Hostel" hospice in that city. Also, Armenian merchants had their trading centers in Bruges, where they imported cotton goods, spices, perfumes and other materials from the east, and exported European goods to eastern markets. Their presence continued until the 15th century, when Bruges lost its importance as a trading port.