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St Mary's Church, Chennai

#22 of 129 in Historic Sites in Chennai
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  • A little piece of England here since 1680! Remarkable. Layers of history before your eyes. Well maintained. Peaceful. There is a cafe in the square behind the fort that does excellent Madras...  more »
  • You will want to walk slowly throughout this church and read the eulogies and memorial plaques to understand why you should not miss visiting this historic colonial church in Chennai. Regardless of...  more »
  • This quaint little church tucked away within the nerve centre of the erstwhile Madras Presidency and the present state of Tamil Nadu is more than 300 years old and is considered to be the oldest Anglican Church East of the Suez. Making it as old as the city itself. It has witnessed innumerable worship services, weddings and funerals. The Church building comprises of a nave and two aisles with a wooden gallery made of Burma Teak which housed the seat of the Governor. The altarpiece includes a painting of 'The Last supper' rumoured to be painted by the famous Italian renaissance painter Raphael. The Church building had the distinction of being the only bomb proof structure within the 17th century Fort St George. The rounded roof almost 4 feet thick so as to cause the cannon balls to ricochet and the minimal usage of wood contributed to this effect. The tower and the spire was added later. Today the Church continues to fulfil its role as a place of worship drawing in both worshipers and history buffs alike. A small museum inside the church comprising of old photographs, letters and documents piques the interest of the visitors who can take a walk through the city's history or choose to just sit in the old pews admiring the beauty of the old church or offer a silent prayer at the Altar.
  • . George Fort has a number of other worth watching monuments within its boundaries. St. Mary's Church, situated in the fort, is one of the oldest surviving churches built by the British in India. This beautiful building has stood the test of time and still holds the splendor of the yore. The glass windows, wall frescos, teak plaques still shine with their all time glory. Another fascinating structure here is the 150 ft tall Flagstaff, made entirely of teakwood. Though the original flagstaff is no more to be seen, its remains are still visible.
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