St. Stephen's Church, Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

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Enjoy the tranquility and a piece of mind just above downtown Ooty at St. Stephen's Church, a cream-colored cardboard caste-like Anglican colonial establishment. Built in 1829 exclusively for the British, the church features huge wooden beams hauled from a defeated sultan’s palace 120 km (74.5 mi) away. Slim pointed arch windows with stained glass have images of Virgin Mary, Last Supper, crucifixion and angels. The church has no traditional bell but uses four hammers instead moved by wires pulled from the floor. An overgrown cemetery behind the church features graves of many scions of British families, soldiers, administrators and traders. Church doors open on Sundays and during holidays alone. For St. Stephen's Church and beyond, use our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) road trip planner to get the most from your Ooty (Udhagamandalam) vacation.
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  • It is a place to sit around silently. It has beautifully laid out furniture and decoration. Every corner is worth for photography. Must read details. Always carry a good camera mobile.  more »
  • A church built in 1830's. A must see and a fantastic architecture of ancient times. The interiors are mostly wood and very well maintained.  more »
  • A reminder that Ooty was a hill station during the British rule of India. The church is a little bit of England abroad. Worth a visit.  more »
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  • very peaceful and calm place... well maintained. worth to visit
  • Worth visiting, awesome wooden work and stainglass art imported from London those days. Gaint wooden pillers and were brought from tippu at shreerangapattana. Gem of ooty.
  • The Architecture is amazing especially when you climb the stairs and go up you feel the entire warmth . The church dates back to the 19th century. Stephen Rumbold Lushington, the then Governor of Madras, who keenly felt the need for a church in Ooty exclusively for the British, laid the foundation for the church on April 23, 1829, to coincide with the birthday of King George IV. St. Stephen's Church was consecrated by John Matthias Turner, Bishop of Calcutta, on November 5, 1830. It was opened to the public communion on Easter Sunday April 3, 1831. It came under the Church of South India in 1947.[3] The architect incharge was John James Underwood, Captain, Madras Regiment.
  • St.Stephen’s Church – Ooty, A Wooden Wonder. St.Stephen’s Church of Ooty, dates back to the 19th century. It is one of the churches built under British Raj. Stephen Rumbold Lushington, who was the Governor of Madras, laid the foundation for the church on April 23, 1829.
  • Easy to notice. Historic place. Architecture is good.

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Where to stay in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

An established tourism destination, Ooty and the countryside that surrounds the hill station offer plenty in the way of accommodations. Most major Indian hotel chains have opened up shop in town and lie dotted around the hilly terrain by the main roads, the more salubrious among them enjoying a little more space and better views of the surrounding area. Look at the residential areas for budget-friendly guesthouses, or head for the rural areas that encircle the town center to find a number of atmospheric rental properties built during the colonial era.
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