Kolkata, the “City Of Joy” is several hundred years old. It has churches dating back to the British era.
But think about it…..do you really know about what are the oldest churches in the city ? Ask your friends ? Do they ?In case they don’t, here’s all you need to know.
St. Paul’s Cathedral :-
St.Paul’s Cathedral is one of the oldest churches that one can find in the city. Located beside M.P. Birla Planetarium, it’s cornerstone was first laid in 1839, the building was completed in 1847.
Address – 1A, Cathedral Road, Kolkata – 71
Look Out For – The ‘Indo Gothic’ architectural structures, Florentine Renaissance style glass windows, display of plastic art forms and a library of around 8,000 books and manuscripts.
Best Time To Visit – Monday to Saturday – 9.00 AM to 12.00 PM
Sunday – 7:30 Am to 6:30 PM
(Entrance is free)
Cathedral Of The Most Holy Rosary :-
Also known as The Portuguese Church, the Cathedral of the Most Holy Rosary is another of the oldest church in the city. Located in Brabourne Road, it is also commonly known as the Murgihata Church to the people.
Established – 1799
Address – 13,15, Brabourne Road, Pageya Patti Street, Portuguese Church Street, Bara Bazar, Kolkata, West Bengal – 700007
Look Out For – Sculptures depicting 14 stations of the cross (entire crucification of Jesus Christ), also the statue of Madonna and Child behind the altar.
Best Time To Visit – Sundays.
Saint James Church :-
Saint James Church, also popularly known as the “Jora Girja”, has been described to be the most elegant of all churches in Kolkata. Established by the architect Walter.B.Granville in 1864.
Address – 167, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road, Entally, Kolkata, West Bengal – 700014
Look Out For – The twin church spires which gives it the name “Jora Girja”.
Best Time to Visit – Weekdays – 6:30 – 7:30 AM
Sundays – 7:00 AM – 9:30 AM
St.John’s Church :-
St.John’s Church is said to be one of the first public buildings to be erected by the British East India Company in 1867. The church was built on the land donated by Maharaja Novo Kishen Bahadur, founder of the Shovabazar Royal Family. It is said to be the third oldest church in Kolkata.
Address – 2/2, Council House Street, Opposite Dewars Garage, Lal Dighi, BBD Bagh, Kolkata, West Bengal – 700001
Look Out For – Painting of “The Last Supper” by British artist Johann Zofanny, mausoleum of Job Charnock and statues of many british officers and civil servants.
Best Time To Visit – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
These are some of the oldest churches that one can visit in the city of joy, “Kolkata”. Readers, which ones have you visited ??