Thursday, 16 November 2017

All Saints Cathedral, Allahabad - an inspiring colonial place of worship!

The All Saints Cathedral,Allahabad, India.YouTube Nivalink

The All Saints Cathedral,Allahabad, India.YouTube 

All Saints Cathedral, located in Allahabad in the state of Uttar Pradesh, is a fine example 13th century  Anglican church  designed in  Gothic style in Asia  by the famous British architect Sir William Emerson.  He was such a reputed architect, he had already designed the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata, Crawford Market in Bombay and the Muir Central College in Allahabad (now part of University of Allahabad). On the  first of November 1887, the church was consecrated and the anniversary of this church is celebrated as All Saints’ Day (1st November)  The church comes under  the management of  the Church of North India  and is located at the intersection of  MG Marg and SN Marg.  Amazingly, it has been in existence for more than 146 years since its inception during the colonial period.

The work on the church began on 10 April 1871 on a land  granted  by  the Lieutenant Governor of North Western Provinces, Sir William Muir and  the foundation stone was laid by Elizabeth Huntly Wemyss, wife of Sir William Muir.

All Saints Cathedral located in Allahabaden.wikipdia.org

The church was designed in such a way as to keep the indoors  cool and  congenial during hot summer season.  The high ceiling  supported by huge arches and porches were of some help during hot season. The red-tiled roof is made of  Cream and red coloured sandstone. The Church is surrounded by a well-maintained garden. The nave of the church measures 40 feet wide and  130 long and the overall  dimension of the church is 240 feet long and 56 feet wide inside. It could accommodate 300 to 400 people  at a time. There are  plaques in the church that carry the names of different British officers, their cause of death, etc., during the colonial  rule in India.
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The church, the pride of Allahabad,  has  well decorated pulpit and it exhibits exceedingly fine piece of workmanship in alabaster by Mr. Nicholls of Lambeth from Mr. Emerson’s designs. There are two transepts on the north and south respectively, a chancel with an ambulatory, a central tower at the intersection of the nave and transepts and a west porch. The church has a lantern tower, that enhances the beauty of this structure and it is  called Victoria tower in honor of  Queen Victoria.

The ambiance of the church is serene and relaxing; people of different faiths come here from different walks of lives to get their grievances redressedin this place of veveration.



 https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/All-Saints-Cathedral-celebrates-130th-Anniversary-today/articleshow/1388861542.cms?referral=PM