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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  • Can be visited if you're there. Good architecture and ambiance. Nice place to go if you are short on time  more »
  • This is one of the old churches in the city but it is well maintained .. you should definitely visit this for its beauty of architecture  more »
  • Also no highlight. Venture out for 20 minutes then you have seen. Can also tell little about
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  • The size of the church is not that big though there are great wall paintings inside the church. There are notable memorials of defence personnel on the walls contributed by their kins or relatives dating back to 18th century which is also the year of origin for this place.
  • Good church... 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 23 April 1829, to coincide with the birthday of King George IV. St. Stephen's Church was consecrated by John Matthias Turner, Bishop of Calcutta, on 5 November 1830. It was opened to the public communion on Easter Sunday 3 April 1831. It came under the Church of South India in 1947. The architect incharge was John James Underwood, Captain, Madras Regiment.
  • This is one of the oldest churches in the Nilgiris. 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 23 April 1829, to coincide with the birthday of King George IV. St. Stephen's Church was consecrated by John Matthias Turner, Bishop of Calcutta, on 5 November 1830. It was opened to the public communion on Easter Sunday3 April 1831. It came under the Church of South India in 1947.The architect incharge was John James Underwood, Captain, Madras Regiment.
  • A quiet place to pray. Beautiful church .This place is located just 5 min drive from the Botanical garden
  • Outer structure of the church is very good. There was maintenance work going inside when I visited this place.
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