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Since a large European community was living in Delhi, the capital of British India during the per-independence era, this church was built to cater to the European community including British soldiers.
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The Cathedral Of The Sacred Heart, a Roman Catholic cathedral belonging to the Latin Rite is in Delhi. The church together with St. Columba's School, and the Convent of Jesus and Mary school are located on a huge 14 acre plot near the south end of Bhai Vir Singh Marg Road in Connaught Place, a busy area. Considered as one of the oldest church buildings in New Delhi, India it was built by Father Luke, a member of the Franciscan first order of St. Francis of Assisi. The foundation stone was laid 1929 by Rev. Dr. E. Vanni, the Archbishop of Agra. The funds for the project were mostly met by donations from the colonial officers of the British Empire. One
Sir Anthony de Mello bore the expenses of the main Altar of the Church, which is made of pure marble. So was the Archbishop of Agra who presented a bell, vestments and altar furniture. In 1930 construction work began in earnest. It was finally consecrated in 1935.
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The British architect Henry Medd, designed the building in Italian architectural style. The white pillars supporting the canopy in the facade of the building and circular arcaded turrets rising above on either side of the cathedral's entrance porch enhance the beauty of this old church.The other features are a towering curved roof, polished stone floors and broad arches inside the church.
There is is a large fresco depicting the Last Supper behind the marble altar in the apse. Inside the chapel there is a large crucifix, next to a statue of the Virgin Mary on the left.
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The cathedral is located in the center of New Delhi and can be easily accessed.