Friday, 12 August 2016

Historical St. Peter's Church, Muirabad built after rebellion

Soon after the  end of the worst Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, when the Indian Subcontinent came directly under the control of the British Government, several churches came up in Northern India with compensation money.
Peter's Church  of Muirabad, Allahabad, Utter Pradesh.youarenotdesi.tumblr.com
St. Peter's Church  of Muirabad, near Allahabad, UP was one among them and was built in 1875. The foundation stone of this beautiful Anglican Church, on laid on 17th May 1872 by Sir William and Lady Muir (Elizabeth Huntly Wemyss). He started the  Muir Central College which became part of what is now called Allahabad University. Sir William Muir (27 April 1819 - 11 July 1905) a Scottish Orientalist,  helped build the Christian village Muirabad, near Allahabad. A big land comprising 45 acres was bought to house a school, dispensary, etc in anticipation of further growth in the near future 1870.

Peter's Church  of Muirabad, Allahabad.interior www.exploremytrip.com
This church was constructed  primarily to conduct Church Services needed by the local Christian community. Further, there was a demand for a church by the European troops stationed in  Gorakhpur during the1850's. They needed some kind of spiritual orientation to be freed from stressed life. Their only place of union with the Almighty was a venerated place - church.  

This  Gothic styled church has  an exposed brick cruciform structure in brick and plaster, a central hall, with an apse and wooden truss and tiled roof,  a belfry tower  and the space for altar. They have not undergone any change and the heritage value is not disturbed. But  the altar underwent some repairs a few years earlier and  the  rest has all been done in RCC, albeit to imitate the original.

The other oldest Catholic churches  in U.P,  are at Allahabad (1845), Ghazipur (now no more), Chunar (1848) and Varanasi (1851)

The significance of this church is it was one of the earliest  churches in India  built soon  the British Crown took over the control  from the EIC in the mid 1850s
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