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Consecrated as a War Memorial on January 07, 1858 by Bishop Harding, earlier the church was known as St. John the Evangelist (established in 1847). The 60 meter tall bell Tower (houses 8 large bells) enhanced the beauty of this church in 1865 as its construction got delayed. The impressive Victorian arches of the doorway and the slender spire bring out the best of Gothic design. Its architect was one William Butterfield. Thanks to the munificence of Viceroy James Bruce Elgin, a Scotsman, who bore the cost of construction of the church. The church has rosewood pews with holders in the backrests where soldiers could keep their rifles and comfortably attend the service. This church is set in a nice well-laid garden that includes a 168 year old banyan tree, a Cyprus tree and others that are home to numerous birds.
Amazing stained glass windows of the church:
The term stained glass can refer to colored glass as a material or to works created from it. Over the past 1000 years, the term has been applied almost exclusively to the windows of churches, mosques and other important buildings. Traditionally it is made in flat panels and but used as windows.
Stained glass refers to glass that is colored by adding metallic salts during its manufacture. The colored glass is crafted into stained glass windows in which small pieces of glass are arranged to form patterns or pictures, held together (traditionally) by strips of lead and supported by a rigid frame. Painted details and yellow stain are often used to enhance the design. The term stained glass is also applied to windows in which the colors have been painted onto the glass and then fused to the glass in a kiln. Stained glass, as an art and a craft, requires the artistic skill to conceive an appropriate and workable design, and the engineering skills to assemble the pieces. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stained_glass)
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