St. Paul’s Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Kolkata and the first Episcopal Church in Asia. St Paul’s is the Anglican Cathedral of Calcutta and the Metropolitan Church of India.

 

The Bishopric of Calcutta was created in 1813, and the first four incumbents of the See-Middleton. Heber, James, and Turner —were enthroned in the old Cathedral Church of St. John’s, which for 32 years remained the Cathedral of the Diocese. A committee was appointed and the foundation stone of St. Paul’s was laid on 8th October 1839. The design and the plan were prepared by Major (afterward General) W. N. Forbes of the Bengal Engineers, the architect of the Calcutta Mint, and carried out under his superintendence.

About St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral Kolkata, IndiaThis is the first Cathedral in the overseas territory of the British Empire. The style of the building is “Indo-Gothic”, adapted to the exigencies of the Indian climate. The St. Paul’s Cathedral is 247 feet in length, 81 feet in width and 114 feet at the transept. The tower is modeled on the ‘Bell Harry’ Tower of Canterbury Cathedral. The top of flagstaff rises to a height of 175 feet above ground level. The chimes of the clock are very melodious. The great bell bears the inscription-‘Its sound is gone out into all lands.’ During the great earthquake of 12 June 1897, the upper part of the steeple fell, to be later restored; but it was completely destroyed n the earthquake of 1934, after which the tower was constructed in place of the spire. St. Paul’s Cathedral was consecrated by Bishop Wilson on 8th October 1847.

Some Good Experience

As a blogger, we are visiting different places in Kolkata. Last Sunday on 10th June 2019, we went to visit Victoria Memorial. However, cannot stop me to visit the Church again. We used to visit this Church often. It has a very beautiful garden in front of the Church.

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St. Paul’s Cathedral

We are not allowed to take pictures inside the Cathedral. Instead of a Hindu, I love to visit Cathedrals all over in Kolkata and nearby Kolkata. There are a few stores outside of the main building. A tiny park is there, where we can spend lots of time.  People can light a candle for someone outside of the Church. Overall this is a feel of heaven comes down to Earth, very peaceful, very mind satisfying place to visit.

Church Timing For Visitors:

WEEKDAYS: 10.00 A.M. to 6.00 P.M.

SUNDAYS:   10.00 A.M. to 12 NOON & 3.00 P.M. to 6.00 P.M

 

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