|Kanpur Memorial Church 1875, Kanpur, India. www.tripadvisor.in|
|Kanpur Mem.Church built in honor of those who were killed,1875. www.trodly.com/|
The Church is built in a Lombardy Gothic style. The bright red bricks with polychrome dressings and beautifully stained glass windows complement the impressive appearance of this church. In the interior, one could see monuments to the victims of the mutiny, including several memorial tablets. The memoirs in the church relate to the rebellion and are truly heart-wrenching. The Memorial Garden can be approached through two gateways separated from the main building by a nicely carved Gothic screen. This eye-catching Gothic screen was designed by one Henry Yule. Occupied in the center is the beautifully carved figure of an angle by Baron Carlo Marochetti, representing the "Symbol of Peace".
|Nana Sahib,Maratha,warrior, brain behind the"Cawnpore massacre", peperonity.com|
Though there are different versions about the massacre in Kanpur during the Sepoy mutiny, Nana Shahib, a Maratha aristocrat and a close ally of the British once, was held responsible for the killing of numerous white people, including children and women. The mutineers laid siege to the barrack residential quarters of the European officers and their families.
Many historians say this rare incident of the massacre of Europeans was blown out of proportion by the EIC officials and the British newspapers went along with the English officers of the EIC and manipulated the incidents so as to win the sympathy of the people back home. Anyway, "Cawnpore massacre" is yet another part of the British-Indian history and well propped up by the British, relegating their atrocities on the Indian natives to the backstage.