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St Thomas Cathedral
St. Thomas' Cathedral is a beautiful structure that boasts of being the first Anglican Church in Mumbai. Built in 1718, St Thomas Cathedral is to be found near Flora Fountain at D.N. Road, in the Fort area of Bombay. In the year 2004, the cathedral was selected for the UNESCO Asia-Pacific heritage conservation award.
St Thomas Cathedral
Said to be the oldest British edifice in Bombay, Saint Thomas Cathedral was constructed between 1676 and 1718. It is an Anglican church dedicated to the first apostle to India, Saint Thomas. In its early days, the church was divided into sections for different classes of society. The Gothic Revival church is located on Veer Nariman Road, just next to Horniman Circle.
St Thomas' Cathedral
This wonderful cathedral is in the heart of the Fort area near Horniman Circle and is the city's oldest church, having been consecrated in 1718. Like many of Mumbai's great buildings, this too was funded by public donations, collected in large part by a young East India Company chaplain named Richard Cobbe. The church has an imposing bell tower and flying buttresses and some fine 19th century stained glass windows. The interior of the church is spacious and features many wonderful looking marble memorials to heroes of the Raj. The church has recently been renovated which has earned it a UNESCO World Heritage Site listing. More photo's can be found in one of my travelogues.
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St. Thomas Cathedral, Mumbai
The Anglican St. Thomas' Cathedral is the oldest English building standing in Mumbai. It is a garrison church that rose to the rank of cathedral and is now a grand memorial-cum-trophy room to the Raj.
One thing that you cannot miss is the memorial laid in the church for Henry Robertson Bowers a lieutenant of the Royal Indian Marine who lost his life in the Scott Antarctic Expedition on the return journey from the Pole, on or about the 27th March, 1912.
St. Thomas Cathedral
One fascinating relic of the English colonial presence in Bombay is St. Thomas Cathedral, which was completed in 1718 and fully renovated in 2003. The interior of this church is totally plastered with plaques, statues, and stained glass commemorating English soldiers, statesmen, and officials, as well as their spouses and children from the period of the British Raj. Reading them is extraordinary and reminds you just how much sacrifice some of these people endured (not to mention how much sacrifice the Indian subjects endured).
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