Colonial Charm–Churches of Himachal Pradesh

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Christianity gained the prominence during British rule in the state and some of the finest Churches were built during this era. The architecture of these churches remained spectacular that reflects the past colonial culture of Himachal Pradesh. Some of the most visited Churches are:

Christ Church Shimla: Dominated on the Ridge is Christ Church which is the second oldest church in Northern India first one being St Johns Church in Meerut, UP.  Designed by Colonel JT Boileau in 1844, it is a parish in the diocese of Amritsar. Built in Neo-Geothic art of architecture, the colorful stained glass windows are the prime attracting feature of the Church which was quite rare to be found in this region. The chancel window was however designed by Lockwood Kipling (Father of Rudyard Kipling)

St. John in the Wilderness, Mcleodganj: Built in 1852 and named after Sir Donald Friell Mcleod, Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab, this stone church has a gothic appearance and is built in Neo-Gothic architecture. Monument is said to be dedicated to lord Elgin one of the Viceroys who was buried here in 1863 AD. The prime attraction of the Church is the Belgian stained Glass windows which were donated by Lady Elgin, wife of Lord Elgin. The church also has Christian cemetery surrounding it.

Christ Church Kasauli: This church has an old world charm and has been in existence since 1853. It is a quaint little church standing in all its glory near the mall road in Kasauli.  Its foundation stone was laid in 1884. The Church has imported stained glass windows depicting Jesus Christ and Mary. The present structure of the church was designed in the emblematic Gothic style architecture. Calm surroundings and simple setting makes it more charming.

St. Patricks Church, Dalhousie: Built exclusively from the contributions made by officers and ranks of the British Army, it was built in the year 1909. At present the Church is managed and maintained by the Catholic Diocese of Jalandhar. The interiors of the church are sublime and beautiful and a travellers delight.

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